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A survey on the state of the practice in distributed software development. Criteria for task allocation

: Lamersdorf, Ansgar; Münch, Jürgen; Rombach, H. Dieter


IEEE Computer Society:
Fourth IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering, ICGSE 2009. Proceedings : Limerick, Ireland, July 13-16, 2009
Los Alamitos: IEEE Computer Society, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3710-8
International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE) <4, 2009, Limerick>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
distributed software development; distributed software process; software project planning; project management; global software development

The allocation of tasks can be seen as a success-critical management activity in distributed development projects. However, such task allocation is still one of the major challenges in global software development due to an insufficient understanding of the criteria that influence task allocation decisions. This article presents a qualitative study aimed at identifying and understanding such criteria that are used in practice. Based on interviews with managers from selected software development organizations, criteria currently applied in industry are identified. One important result is, for instance, that the sourcing strategy and the type of software to be developed have a significant effect on the applied criteria. The article presents the goals, design, and results of the study as well as an overview of related and future work.