How to Get Mature Global Virtual Teams: A Framework to Improve Team Process Management in Distributed Software Teams Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2010

start page

  • 409

end page

  • 435

issue

  • 4

volume

  • 18

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 0963-9314

electronic international standard serial number (EISSN)

  • 1573-1367

abstract

  • Managing global software development teams is not an easy task because of the additional problems and complexities that have to be taken into account. This paper defines VTManager, a
    methodology that provides a set of efficient practices for global
    virtual team management in software development projects.
    These practices integrate software development techniques in global
    environments with others such as explicit practices for
    global virtual team management, definition of skills and abilities
    needed to work in these teams, availability of collaborative
    work environments and shared knowledge management practices.
    The results obtained and the lessons learned from
    implementing VTManager in a pilot project to develop software tools for
    collaborative work in rural environments are also presented.
    This project was carried out by geographically distributed teams
    involving people from seven countries with a high level of
    virtualness.