Configuring Global Software Teams: A Multi-Company Analysis of Project Productivity, Quality, and Profits

In this paper, the authors examined the impact of project-level configurational choices of globally distributed software teams on project productivity, quality, and profits. Their analysis used data from 362 projects of four different firms. These projects spanned a wide range of programming languages, application domain, process choices, and development sites spread over 15 countries and 5 continents. Their analysis revealed fundamental tradeoffs in choosing configurational choices that are optimized for productivity, quality, and/or profits. In particular, achieving higher levels of productivity and quality require diametrically opposed configurational choices. In addition, creating imbalances in the expertise and personnel distribution of project teams significantly helps increase profit margins.

Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery Topic: Software Date Added: May 2011 Format: PDF

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