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An exploratory study in communication in Agile Global Software Development


Global software development (GSD) is gaining ever more relevance. Although communication is key in the exchange of information between team members, multi-site software development has introduced additional obstacles (different time-zones and cultures, IT infrastructure, etc.) and delays into the act of communication, which is already problematic. Communication is even more critical in the case of Agile Global Software Development (AGSD) in which communication plays a primary role. This paper reports an exploratory study of the effects of tools supporting communication in AGSD. More precisely, this paper analyses the perception of team members about communication infrastructures in AGSD. The research question to which this study responds concerns how development teams perceive the communication infrastructure while developing products using agile methodologies. Most previous studies have dealt with communication support from a highly technological media tool perspective. In this research work, instead, observations were obtained from three perspectives: communication among team members, communication of the status of the development process, and communication of the status of the progress of the product under development. It has been possible to show that team members perceive advantages to using media tools that make them feel in practice that teams are co-located, such as smartboards supported by efficient video-tools, and combining media tools with centralized repository tools, with information from the process development and product characteristics, that allow distributed teams to effectively share information about the status of the project/process/product during the development process in order to overcome some of the still existing problems in communication in AGSD. COMPUTER STANDARDS & INTERFACES Volumen: 48 Páginas: 184-197 Número especial: SI DOI: 10.1016/j.csi.2016.06.002 Impacto de la revista 2015 Computer Science: 171/393 Q2 2015 Computer Svience/Software Engineering 35/106 Q2

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Agile - Development project - Exploratory research - Global Distributed Software Development - Infrastructure - Mangement - Teams - Tools and technologies





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