Lessons learned from transferring software products to India

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Darja Smite, Claes Wohlin
Title: Lessons learned from transferring software products to India
Journal: Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution – Research and Practice
Year: 2012
Volume: 24
Issue: 6
Pagination: 605–623
ISSN: 1532-060X
Publisher: Wiley
URI/DOI: 10.1002/smr.550
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
Language: English
Abstract: Globalization has influenced the way software is developed today, and many software organizations have started to actively utilize resources from around the world. However, these endeavors are recognized as very challenging, and they have attracted a lot of attention in software research in the past decade. Unlike many other research initiatives, which explore the complexities of distributed software development activities, the focus of this paper is on software transfers. Software transfers refer to activities that are moved from one location to another. The authors draw attention to the lessons learned from an empirical investigation of two transfer projects conducted at Ericsson. Both transfers were performed between a site in Sweden and a site in India. The observations outline a set of generic practices that have been found useful for transferring software development within a company. It also highlights a number of challenges to be addressed and a set of corresponding recommendations. Finally, the paper emphasizes the need to identify software products that are suitable for transfers and the need to monitor the long-term effects of transfer.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Case study, Global software development, Global software engineering Offshore insourcing, Offshoring, Software transfers
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