An Exploratory Study of Software Evolution and Quality: Before, During and After a Transfer

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Author(s): Ronald Jabangwe, Darja Šmite
Title: An Exploratory Study of Software Evolution and Quality: Before, During and After a Transfer
Conference name: International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE)
Year: 2012
Pagination: 41 - 50
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4787-9
Publisher: IEEE
City: Porto Alegre, Brazil
URI/DOI: 10.1109/ICGSE.2012.30
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/com
Authors e-mail: Ronald.Jabangwe@bth.se, Darja.Smite@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: In the light of globalization it is not uncommon that different teams from different locations get involved in the development of a software product during its evolution. However, empirical evidence that demonstrates the effect of changing team members on software quality is scarce. In this paper, we investigate quality of a software product, across subsequent software releases, that was first developed in one location of Ericsson, a large multinational corporation, then jointly with an offshore location of the same company, and finally transferred offshore. To get a better understanding multiple data sources are used in the analysis: qualitative data, consisting of interviews and documentation, and quantitative data, consisting of release history and defect statistics. Our findings confirm an initial decline in efficiency and quality after a transfer, and highlight the areas of concern for companies that are considering transferring their product development from experienced teams to those having limited or no previous engagement with the product.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Global Software Development; Software transfer; Software evolution; Software quality; Empirical case study
Note: 2012 IEEE Seventh International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE)
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