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International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2007)

27-30 Aug. 2007

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  • International Conference on Global Software Engineering - Cover

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): c1
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  • International Conference on Global Software Engineering - Title

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):i - iii
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  • International Conference on Global Software Engineering - Copyright

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  • International Conference on Global Software Engineering - Table of contents

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  • Welcome

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): ix
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  • Conference Organization

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): xii
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  • Keynote speakers

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): xvi
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    Provides an abstract for each of the keynote presentations and a brief professional biography of each presenter. The complete presentations were not made available for publication as part of the conference proceedings. View full abstract»

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  • An Empirical Investigation on Text-Based Communication in Distributed Requirements Workshops

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):3 - 11
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    Among the software development activities, requirements engineering is one of the most communication-intensive and then, its effectiveness is greatly constrained by the geographical distance between stakeholders. For this reason, the need to identify the appropriate task/technology fits to support teams of geographically dispersed stakeholders plays a key role for coping with the lack of physical ... View full abstract»

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  • Do Gradations of Time Zone Separation Make a Difference in Performance? A First Laboratory Study

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):12 - 22
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    We often hear that global software engineering teams are affected by time differences. While there is considerable research on the difficulties of distance, culture and other dimensions, there has been little research that isolated the impact of just time differences. The research question that guides us is whether there are gradual differences across time zones that impact team performance. In th... View full abstract»

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  • Successful Global Development of a Large-scale Embedded Telecommunications Product

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):23 - 32
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    This paper describes a success story in large-scale global systems & software development. Carried out at several company locations and associated supplier sites, we describe how we manage and develop a complex embedded product in a global dynamic environment. Main acting locations are at Germany and China. Organizational key success factors include very experienced project management team, pa... View full abstract»

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  • Collaboration in Global Software Projects at Siemens: An Experience Report

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):33 - 39
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    As a globally operating company with about 30,000 software engineers worldwide, Siemens has accumulated a wide variety of experiences in global development. Many individuals and organizations have adjusted their practices to deal with the challenges related to the geographic distribution of the development effort. From a corporate perspective, Siemens has accumulated a rich base of knowledge about... View full abstract»

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  • The Evolution of the Internal Offshore Software Development Model at Dell Inc.

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):40 - 50
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    Global software development not only enables lower operational costs, but makes it possible for companies to have an organizational branch which can drive standardization across all IT segments. Dell Inc global development services took off in 2001 and since then has expanded to Brazil, two centers in India, and one center in Russia. For six years these centers were to some extent independent, and... View full abstract»

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  • Virtual Quality Assurance Facilitation Model

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):51 - 59
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    The IT industry's annual growth rate of -40% has put immense pressure on the software quality assurance function. Motivated by this challenge, we evaluated various options, before adopting virtual quality assurance facilitation at TCS. In the As-Is model, TCS has a traditional quality organization wherein a small number of full-time software quality analysts facilitate several projects each, with ... View full abstract»

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  • Performance Criteria in Inter-Organizational Global Software Development Projects

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):60 - 70
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    Clear and well aligned performance criteria are fundamentally important in global software development projects. We found significant diversity in performance criteria between different projects done by a single company. The performance criteria were clear and aligned in simpler projects, whereas there was a lot of ambiguity in performance criteria in complex projects. The clarity of the performan... View full abstract»

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  • On Coordination Mechanisms in Global Software Development

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):71 - 80
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    The ability of an organization to successfully carry out its tasks depends on the appropriate combination of organizational structure, processes, and communication and coordination mechanisms. In this paper, we present four case studies that exemplify coordination breakdown problems in global software development. Our analysis showed those problems took place even in the presence of a collection o... View full abstract»

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  • Awareness in the Wild: Why Communication Breakdowns Occur

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):81 - 90
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    Global software teams face challenges when collaborating over long distances, such as communicating changes in the project. During a four-month case study at IBM Ottawa Software Lab we observed the collaboration patterns of a multi-site development project team. In this period, we inspected project documentation, interviewed team leaders, attended project meetings, and spoke with developers to ide... View full abstract»

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  • Of Deadlocks and Peopleware - Collaborative Work Practices in Global Software Development

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):91 - 102
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    As part of a research project dedicated to the social organizational and cultural aspects of global software development, the author has chosen to focus on collaborative work practices and knowledge management aspects of collaborative work. More precisely, the focus is on how the global distribution of software development affects collaborative work. The current paper is a first attempt to unveil,... View full abstract»

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  • Project Outcome Predictions: Risk Barometer Based on Historical Data

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):103 - 112
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    The influence of globalization on software development has been recognized as significant by many studies. Existence of unique factors that distinguish globally distributed software development environment increases the complexity of software development processes and brings challenges to project managers in achieving project success. This paper describes a study on globally distributed projects, ... View full abstract»

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  • Mutual Dependency of Distribution, Benefits and Causes: An Empirical Study

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):113 - 124
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    Benefits of distributed software development are discussed controversially. What is perceived as benefit in one case, may be only partially realizable, a disadvantage or even a myth in another one. This paper is a report on the results of an empirical study about distributed requirements engineering practice. The identified benefits are discussed according to related interpedendencies which show t... View full abstract»

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  • A Framework to Enable Offshore Outsourcing

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):125 - 129
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    Offshore outsourcing (offshoring is increasingly important in IT projects. The anticipated gains are primarily cost savings and span to - amongst others - shorter-time-to-market, address scarce qualified labor force, bypass local regulations, laws, and taxes, and work following the sun. However, many offshoring IT projects fail [3] and significantly miss their anticipated improvements mainly due t... View full abstract»

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  • A reference model for successful Distributed Development of Software Systems

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):130 - 139
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    Distributed development (DD) of software systems is an issue of increasing significance for organisations today, all the more so given the current trend towards globalisation. In this paper we present a reference model which can be used as a reference point for any company wishing to review their own DD scenario. This is particularised in two forms, one as an exemplar model for a global (GSD) deve... View full abstract»

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  • Training for Global Software Development in an International "Learning Network"

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):140 - 150
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    Siemens Austria's Program and System Engineering Division SIS PSE has moved away from the classic approach of offering training via an in-house Training Center towards a new approach called "Learning Network ". This Learning Network is part of PSE wide international knowledge networking, and consists of about 100 internal trainers, who perform their training activities beside their main job as eng... View full abstract»

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  • An Adaptive Tool Integration Framework to Enable Coordination in Distributed Software Development

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):151 - 155
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    In this position paper we argue that to effectively address coordination challenges in distributed software development, we need to go beyond making individual development tools more collaborative and design a framework that enables common understanding of the information from different tools and supports loose coupling between them. Stakeholders can go about doing their work in their choice of to... View full abstract»

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  • Be successful, take a hostage or "outsourcing the outsourcing Manager"

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):156 - 161
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    Working on a project where the work is distributed across the globe need not be a dreadful experience. It is possible to set up a distributed team so that the regular team members are not affected by the issues pertaining to the aspects of the global setup. This paper sheds some light on the problems discovered , analyzes what often goes wrong and suggests one of many possible solutions. Take the ... View full abstract»

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  • TAPER: A generic framework for establishing an offshore development center

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):162 - 172
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    Increasingly software product development is being globally distributed. Earlier research has discussed the challenges of global software development and practices to mitigate them. We describe a generic framework for establishing offshore development centers that is based on good practices to overcome these challenges. We share our successful experience in applying this framework to a new offshor... View full abstract»

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