Modeling coordination in offshore software development

Ramasubbu, N and Mehra, A and Mookerjee, V (2009) Modeling coordination in offshore software development. In: 13th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: IT Services in a Global Environment, PACIS 2009, 10-12 July 2009, Hyderabad, India.

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Controlling and minimizing coordination costs has been shown to be an important factor to reduce overall project performance in distributed software development. In this research-in-progress paper we investigate the effects of software complexity, software integration, distributed labor division policies, learning effects on software coordination costs. Drawing from data collected on 130 software construction cycles in 34 large projects of a leading offshore development firm, we first present our analysis on how coordination costs relate to team organization factors and complexity of evolving software. We base our analytic model of coordination costs in offshore software development on these empirical relationships, and give an overview of our modeling approach. We apply our model of software coordination costs to develop resource allocation policies in the projects we studied. We consider both waterfall and iterative software development methodologies and also tandem and parallel integration schemes. Our modeling approach helps managers to develop a dynamic coordination policy to aid iterative software development in distributed development environments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Information Technology
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2014 20:50
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