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Towards a multi-criteria development distribution model: An analysis of existing task distribution approaches

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


IEEE Computer Society:
3rd IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering, ICGSE 2008 : 17-20 August 2008, Bangalore, India
Los Alamitos, Calif.: IEEE Computer Society Press, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4244-3249-3
ISBN: 1-4244-3249-9
International Conference Global Software Engineering (ICGSE) <3, 2008, Bangalore>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
software engineering; project management; project planning; distributed software development; outsourcing; global software development; decision support; decision model

Distributing development tasks in the context of global software development bears both many risks and many opportunities. Nowadays, distributed development is often driven by only a few factors or even just a single factor such as workforce costs. Risks and other relevant factors such as workforce capabilities, the innovation potential of different regions, or cultural factors are often not recognized sufficiently. This could be improved by using empirically-based multi-criteria distribution models. Currently, there is a lack of such decision models for distributing software development work. This article focuses on mechanisms for such decision support. First, requirements for a distribution model are formulated based on needs identified from practice. Then, distribution models from different domains are surveyed, compared, and analyzed in terms of suitability. Finally, research questions and directions for future work are given.