Success Factors for the Management of Global Virtual Teamsfor Software Development Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2011

start page

  • 48

end page

  • 59

issue

  • 2

volume

  • 2

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 1947-3478

abstract

  • The management of globally distributed software teams is complex because of problems of linguistic differences, geographical dispersion, different
    time zones, and the cultural diversity of the team members; what is
    particularly common in software development environments. These problems
    are amplified when a single software development team is composed of
    highly skilled individuals working in dispersed geographical locations,
    and they have to work as a team across distances. This paper describes
    several of the most important factors that contribute to the correct and
    effective management of global virtual teams for software development
    and underlying solutions are addressed to reduce cultural and time
    barriers. These factors are obtained from an industrial case study,
    which lasted 36 months, corresponding to a huge software development
    project that involved several global virtual teams. These success
    factors consider different perspectives as technology, human factors and
    process.