Analytical modeling of software development teams in globally distributed projects

Ricardo M. Czekster, Paulo Fernandes, Afonso Sales, Thais Webber

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Global software engineering is an area of increasing research challenges, in which teams are dispersed in multiple sites collaborating across borders and time zones. In spite of its potential competitive advantages, globally distributed projects must deal with difficulties when distributing resources such as teams with cultural diversities, different skills and experience levels. Both industry and academia demonstrate a special interest in the modeling and prediction, mainly representing systems in order to extract interesting indices, for example, evaluating whether or not a project will succeed. This paper demonstrates the usefulness of analytical modeling techniques in order to predict the outcome of geographically-distributed projects. We focus our attention to the participants interaction and its interplay when it affects team productivity. The models are parametrized considering single-site and multi-site scenarios, varying resources availability, teams expertise and support levels. Performance indices from both scenarios are presented and conclusion indicates possible model extensions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 5th International Conference on Global Software Engineering, ICGSE 2010
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-7620-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-7619-0
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2010

Publication series

Name2010 5th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering
ISSN (Print)2329-6305
ISSN (Electronic)2329-6313


  • Analytical modeling
  • Geographically-Distributed project
  • Global software development


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