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Exploring cross-site networking in large-scale distributed projects
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
2018 (English)In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Springer Verlag , 2018, Vol. 11271, p. 318-333Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Context: Networking in a distributed large-scale project is complex because of many reasons: time zone problems can make it challenging to reach remote contacts, teams rarely meet face-to-face which means that remote project members are often unfamiliar with each other, and applying activities for growing the network across sites is also challenging. At the same time, networking is one of the primary ways to share and receive knowledge and information important for developing software tasks and coordinating project activities. Objective: The purpose of this paper is to explore the actual networks of teams working in large-scale distributed software development projects and project characteristics that might impact their need for networking. Method: We conducted a multi-case study with three project cases in two companies, with software development teams as embedded units of analysis. We organized 20 individual interviews to characterize the development projects and surveyed 96 members from the total of 14 teams to draw the actual teams networks. Results: Our results show that teams in large-scale projects network in order to acquire knowledge from experts, and to coordinate tasks with other teams. We also learned that regardless of project characteristics, networking between sites in distributed projects is relatively low. Conclusions: Our study emphasizes the importance of networking. Therefore, we suggest that similar companies should pay extra attention for cultivating a networking culture in the large to strengthen their cross-site communication. © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018.

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Springer Verlag , 2018. Vol. 11271, p. 318-333
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Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743
Keywords [en]
Coordination networks, Distributed, Knowledge networks, Large-scale, Software development, Cultivation, Process engineering, Software engineering, Distributed projects, Distributed software development, Project characteristics, Software development teams, Software design
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Software Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-17418DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-03673-7_23Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85057273567ISBN: 9783030036720 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-17418DiVA, id: diva2:1270411
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19th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, PROFES 2018; Wolfsburg; Germany; 28 November 2018 through 30 November 2018
Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2018-12-13Bibliographically approved

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