New Forms of Work in the Light of Globalization in Software Development

Document type: Bookchapters
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Darja Smite, Juris Borzovs
Title: New Forms of Work in the Light of Globalization in Software Development
Book: Infonomics for Distributed Business and Decision-Making Environments: Creating Information System Ecology
Year: 2009
Pagination: 346
Editor: Malgorzata Pankowska, Karol Adamiecki
ISBN: 978-1-60566-890-1
Publisher: Business Science Reference
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
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Language: English
Abstract: Globalization in software development introduced significant changes in the way organizations operate today. Software is nowadays produced by team members from geographically, temporally and culturally remote sites. Organizations seek for benefits that global market offers and face new challenges. Naturally resistant to change, these organizations often do not realize necessity for tailoring existing methods for distributed collaboration. Our empirical investigation shows a great variety in the ways organizations distribute responsibilities across remote sites and conclude that these can be divided into two main categories: joint collaboration that requires investments in team building and independent collaboration that requires investments in knowledge management and transfer. Finally we discuss practices that are applied in industry to overcome these challenges and emphasize necessity to fully understand the pros and cons of different ways to organize distributed software projects before starting a project in this new environment.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Global software engineering, Outsourcing, Offshoring, Forms of work, Collaboration models
Note: Release october 2009