Stephen MacDonell – Deputy Chair, SI^NZ

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About Stephen

Stephen was awarded BCom(Hons) and MCom degrees from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a Theme Leader for IT, Data Analytics and Modelling in New Zealand’s National Science Challenge Science for Technological Innovation. He is also a Member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM, and serves on the Editorial Board of Information and Software Technology.

His Research

He undertakes research in software analytics and visualisation, project planning, estimation and management, behavioural software engineering and information systems development. Stephen’s work has been published in IEEE Transactions on Software EngineeringACM Transactions on Software Engineering and MethodologyACM Computing SurveysEmpirical Software EngineeringInformation & ManagementInformation and Software Technology, the Journal of Systems and Software, and the Project Management Journal, and he has presented his research findings at numerous international conferences.

Links with Industry

For 25 years Stephen has been working alongside software development organisations to investigate how they can better understand and improve their processes, products and services. In particular, he examines how individuals, groups and organisations can best use analytics and evidence to inform and support decision making regarding teams and their practices.

On the Personal Front

Outside work Stephen plays golf sporadically and also very badly, he relaunched then quickly retired from his football ‘career’ three years ago after his old calf muscles objected, leaving his main non-injury-inducing pastime as his interest in music. A formerly avid reader of the NME before it became a giveaway at Tube stations Stephen enjoys listening to what is often labelled as the indie/alternative genre, emanating from his discovery of the Factory Records label (sold by the great and sorely missed Echo Records store in Dunedin) in his late teens. Since then Stephen has had the joy of experiencing live (two versions of) New Order, Elbow, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Killers, Band of Horses, the Stone Roses, The National, Brakes, the Arctic Monkeys, Morrissey, R.E.M, Electric Soft Parade, New Young Pony Club, The Chills, Lloyd Cole (with some of the Commotions), Editors, the Manic Street Preachers and the rather obscure but highly under-rated Durutti Column. Two of Stephen’s proudest non-work achievements are meeting Prince Charles, and introducing his wife Sue and two (now adult) children Nathan and Rebecca to the dulcet tones of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. See some pics from Stephen’s various adventures below.

Get in Touch

You can find out more about Stephen here.