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ICSE 2021
Mon 17 May - Sat 5 June 2021
Tue 25 May 2021 16:40 - 17:00 at Blended Sessions Room 4 - 1.4.4. Developers: Onboarding Chair(s): Gail Murphy
Wed 26 May 2021 04:40 - 05:00 at Blended Sessions Room 4 - 1.4.4. Developers: Onboarding

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way that software development teams onboard new hires. Previously, most software developers worked in physical offices and new hires onboarded to their teams in the physical office, following a standard onboarding process. However, when companies transitioned employees to work from home due to the pandemic, there was little to no time to develop new onboarding procedures. In this paper, we present a survey of 267 new hires at Microsoft that onboarded to software development teams during the pandemic. We explored their remote onboarding process, including the challenges that the new hires encountered and their social connectedness with their teams. We found that most developers onboarded remotely and never had an opportunity to meet their teammates in person. This leads to one of the biggest challenges faced by these new hires, building a strong social connection with their team. We use these results to provide recommendations for onboarding remote hires.

Conference Day
Tue 25 May

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

16:40 - 17:35
1.4.4. Developers: OnboardingTechnical Track / SEIP - Software Engineering in Practice / NIER - New Ideas and Emerging Results at Blended Sessions Room 4 +12h
Chair(s): Gail MurphyUniversity of British Columbia
16:40
20m
Paper
Please Turn Your Cameras On: Remote Onboarding of Software Developers during a PandemicSEIP
SEIP - Software Engineering in Practice
Paige RodegheroClemson University, Thomas ZimmermannMicrosoft Research, Brian HouckMicrosoft Research, Denae FordMicrosoft Research
Pre-print Media Attached
17:00
15m
Paper
Exploring the Efficiency of Self-Organizing Software Teams with Game TheoryNIER
NIER - New Ideas and Emerging Results
Clay StevensUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jared SoundyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hau ChanUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Pre-print Media Attached
17:15
20m
Paper
A Case Study of Onboarding in Software Teams: Tasks and StrategiesArtifact ReusableTechnical TrackArtifact Available
Technical Track
An JuUniversity of California, Berkeley, Hitesh Sajnani, Scot KellyMicrosoft, Kim HerzigTools for Software Engineers, Microsoft
Pre-print Media Attached

Conference Day
Wed 26 May

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

04:40 - 05:35
04:40
20m
Paper
Please Turn Your Cameras On: Remote Onboarding of Software Developers during a PandemicSEIP
SEIP - Software Engineering in Practice
Paige RodegheroClemson University, Thomas ZimmermannMicrosoft Research, Brian HouckMicrosoft Research, Denae FordMicrosoft Research
Pre-print Media Attached
05:00
15m
Paper
Exploring the Efficiency of Self-Organizing Software Teams with Game TheoryNIER
NIER - New Ideas and Emerging Results
Clay StevensUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jared SoundyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hau ChanUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Pre-print Media Attached
05:15
20m
Paper
A Case Study of Onboarding in Software Teams: Tasks and StrategiesArtifact ReusableTechnical TrackArtifact Available
Technical Track
An JuUniversity of California, Berkeley, Hitesh Sajnani, Scot KellyMicrosoft, Kim HerzigTools for Software Engineers, Microsoft
Pre-print Media Attached