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December 20th, 2012


Posted on December 20th, 2012, 20:13

In today's globally-connected world, the ability to effectively leverage distributed teams to deliver great software is a critical capability for most organizations. The pervasiveness of broadband Internet access allows developers to work remotely in small offices and even at home. Through acquisitions and mergers, geographically dispersed teams are continually divided and recombined to form projects based on developer availability and talent. Early  models of software development were usually centralized where every developer working on a project worked in the same place.

Today there are global teams consisting of thousands of users, combined with newer methodologies such as agile development, ensuing in processes that are both geographically dispersed and extremely interactive. As distributed software development teams are becoming more common, many smart organizations have learned through hard experience how to set up, manage and utilize high-performing global delivery teams. Most distributed teams are faced with the challenge of keeping software projects on track and keeping remote developers involved. Consequently there is a large amount of planning and structuring essential for developing the desired software right from the conceptualization stage to the stage of culmination. Organizations that apply DSD usually use iterative approaches when teams are geographically distributed, as against the traditional waterfall or sequential methods, as these become more difficult to use consistently. With DSD organizations also enjoy other benefits like access to potentially lower cost talent, ability to attract highly-specialized and hard-to-find talent, outreach to a larger and more diverse labor pool, etc.

The most important way to keep remote development on track is to keep them included. Every team member needs periodic reassurance that they are important to the project. The more a remote developer feels in the loop, the more likely they are to contribute effectively in new product development. There are many ways to ensure that distant team members are on track while fostering their sense of involvement. Internet-enabled, repository-centric development tools give developers real-time access to up-to-date development assets. However, it is also important to recognize the human side of distributed teams, allowing remote developers to feel involved with team activities and to maintain a sense of importance. By utilizing available tools and keeping alive the spirit of teamwork, distributed development teams can be as successful as the centrally located teams of the past Distributed software development has become omnipresent in modern enterprise environments. New forms of information exchange provide innovative ways for distributed developers to collaborate. By utilizing available tools and keeping alive sound teamwork, distributed software development can be managed effectively and successfully.


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 mobile application development, agileproduct life cycle management

By Josephmax, in: General