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Modeling a Global Software Development Project as a Complex Socio-Technical System to Facilitate Risk Management and Improve the Project Structure
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE), 2015 IEEE 10th International conference,13-16 july, 2015: 2015 IEEE 10th International Conference on Global Software Engineering, Ciudad Real, 13-16 july, 2015, IEEE Computer Society, 2015, 1-12 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Any global software development project needs to deal with distances -- geographical, cultural, time zone, etc. -- between the groups of developers engaged in the project. To successfully manage the risks caused by such distances, there is a need to explicate and present the distances in a form suitable for manual or semi-automatic analysis, the goal of which is to detect potential risks and find ways of mitigating them. The paper presents a technique of modeling a global software development project suitable for such analysis. The project is modeled as a complex socio-technical system that consists of functional components connected with each other through output-input relationships. The components do not coincide with the organizational units of the project and can be distributed through the geographical and organizational landscape of the project. The modeling technique helps to explicate and represent various kinds of distances between the functional components to determine which of them constitute risk factors. The technique was developed during two case studies, of which the second is used for presenting and demonstrating the new modeling technique in the paper.

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IEEE Computer Society, 2015. 1-12 p.
Keyword [en]
GSD, distance, global software development, modeling, risk management, socio-technical, system, team
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122842DOI: 10.1109/ICGSE.2015.13ISBN: 978-1-4799-8409-1OAI: diva2:868551
2015 IEEE 10th International Conference on Global Software Engineering, Ciudad Real,Spain 13-16 july, 2015
Available from: 2015-11-11 Created: 2015-11-10 Last updated: 2015-12-08Bibliographically approved

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