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Methodological Reflections on a Field Study of a Globally Distributed Software Project

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The authors describe the methodology of a field study of a globally distributed software development project in a multinational corporation. The project spanned four sites in the U.S. and one in India, and is a representative example of the complexities and intricacies of global corporate software development. The goal is to provide the rationale behind the methodological choices and derive insights to inform the methodology of future studies of global software engineering teams. The paper also aims to provide an illustrative case of a typical geographically distributed corporate software project with an in-depth description that emerged by applying the methods.

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