Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Azeem Ahmad; Sushma Joseph Kolla , pp. 85. COM/School of Computing, 2012.

The work

Författare / Author: Azeem Ahmad, Sushma Joseph Kolla
Titel / Title: Effective Distribution of Roles and Responsibilities in Global Software Development Teams
Abstrakt Abstract:

Context. Industry is moving from co-located form of development to a distributed development in order to achieve different benefits such as cost reduction, access to skillful labor and around the clock working etc. This transfer requires industry to face different challenges such as communication, coordination and monitoring problems. Risk of project failure can be increased, if industry does not address these problems. This thesis is about providing the solutions of these problems in term of effective roles and responsibilities that may have positive impact on GSD team.

Objectives. In this study we have developed framework for suggesting roles and responsibilities for GSD team. This framework consists of problems and casual dependencies between them which are related to team’s ineffectiveness, then suggestions in terms of roles and responsibilities have been presented in order to have an effective team in GSD. This framework, further, has been validated in industry through a survey that determines which are the effective roles and responsibilities in GSD.

Methods. We have two research methods in this study 1) systematic literature review and 2) survey. Complete protocol for planning, conducting and reporting the review as well as survey has been described in their respective sections in this thesis. A systematic review is used to develop the framework whereas survey is used for framework validation. We have done static validation of framework.

Results. Through SLR, we have identified 30 problems, 33 chains of problems. We have identified 4 different roles and 40 different responsibilities to address these chains of problems. During the validation of the framework, we have validated the links between suggested roles and responsibilities and chains of problems. Addition to this, through survey, we have identified 20 suggestions that represents strong positive impact on chains of problems in GSD in relation to team’s effectiveness.

Conclusions. We conclude that implementation of effective roles and responsibilities in GSD team to avoid different problems require considerable attention from researchers and practitioners which can guarantee team’s effectiveness. Implementation of proper roles and responsibilities has been mentioned as one of the successful strategies for increasing team’s effectiveness in the literature, but which particular roles and responsibilities should be implemented still need to be addressed. We also conclude that there must be basic responsibilities associated with any particular role. Moreover, we conclude that there is a need for further development and empirical validation of different frameworks for suggesting roles and responsibilities in full scale industry trials.

Ämnesord / Subject: Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Software Engineering
Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Distributed Computing
Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Effects on Society
Nyckelord / Keywords: Global Software Development Team, Team’s Effectiveness, Roles and Responsibilities, Framework, Global Software Development Challenges.

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id: houn-8s58tp
Program:/ Programme Masterprogram i Software engineering 120 p/Master´s program in Software engineering 120 p
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 03/06/2012
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: Masterarbete/Master's Thesis (120 credits)


Handledare / Supervisor: Darja Šmite
Examinator / Examiner: Tony Gorschek
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: COM/School of Computing

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