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Architectural Knowledge Management in Global Software Development: A Review

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3 Author(s)
Nour Ali ; Lero-The Irish Software Eng. Res. Centre, Univ. of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland ; Sarah Beecham ; Ivan Mistrik

Architectural Knowledge Management (AKM) aims to coordinate the knowledge produced and used during architecting a software system. Managing architectural knowledge effectively is a task that becomes even more critical and complex when operating in a distributed environment. Thus, software architectural practices, processes, and tools that work in collocated software development don't necessarily scale up in a distributed environment. In this paper, we perform a literature review that looks at AKM in a Global Software Development (GSD) context. We attempt to synthesize AKM concepts, practices, tools and challenges important in GSD. In order to provide a common understanding for the central concepts of AKM in GSD in an abstract way, we have created a metamodel which is based on our literature review. The metamodel defines a set of architecture knowledge and global software development entities and their relationships.

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2010 5th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering

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23-26 Aug. 2010