Issues of Communication and Cooperation in Offshore Software Development

9 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2006

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Florin Dumitriu

"Al. I. Cuza" University of Iasi

Gabriela Mesnita

Alexandru Iona Cuza University of Iasi, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

Offshore software development (OSD) is an important trend in information technology outsourcing field. Within this trend software development is increasingly going global, with development occurring in multiple sites located in different geographic regions. On the other hand, software development is a collaborative endeavor, in which communication and cooperation play an important role. Effective communication and coordination from multiple sites is extremely important for OSD.

Some studies reveal that cross-site communication and coordination issues can cause a substantial loss of development speed. This paper examines and analysis the issues of cross-site communication and cooperation in OSD, and how can these issues be addressed. There are various approaches to manage communication and coordination from distance. These include the introduction of communication technologies, explicit control mechanisms, and models for reducing the need for cross-site coordination.

Keywords: IT offshore outsourcing, software development, collaboration, virtual environment, CMMI, distributed team

JEL Classification: F23, L86, M55, O33

Suggested Citation

Dumitriu, Florin and Mesnita, Gabriela, Issues of Communication and Cooperation in Offshore Software Development (May 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=914129 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.914129

Florin Dumitriu

"Al. I. Cuza" University of Iasi ( email )

Bd. Carol I no.22
Iasi, RO-700505
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.feaa.uaic.ro

Gabriela Mesnita (Contact Author)

Alexandru Iona Cuza University of Iasi, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Bd. Carol I no.22
Iasi, RO-700505
Romania

HOME PAGE: http://www.feaa.uaic.ro

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