Evaluating MIDST, a system to support stigmergic team coordination

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, Volume 5, Issue CSCW1, p.Article 36 (2021)


stigmergic coordination; translucency; awareness; data-science teams


<p>Data science teams working on a shared analysis face coordination problems such as dividing up the work to be done, monitoring performance and integrating the pieces. Research on distributed software development teams has raised the potential of stigmergic coordination, that is, coordination through a shared work product in place of explicit communication. The MIDST system was developed to support stigmergic coordination by making individual contributions to a shared work product visible, legible and combinable. In this paper, we present initial studies of a total of 40 student teams (24 using MIDST) that shows that teams that used MIDST did experience the intended system affordances to support their work, did seem to coordinate at least in part stigmergically and performed better on an assigned project.</p>

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