Global Software and IT: A Guide to Distributed Development, Projects, and Outsourcing

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 26, 2011 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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Based on the author’s first-hand experience and expertise, this book offers a proven framework for global software engineering. Readers will learn best practices for managing a variety of software projects, coordinating the activities of several locations across the globe while accounting for cultural differences. Most importantly, readers will learn how to engineer a first-rate software product as efficiently as possible by fully leveraging global personnel and resources.

Global Software and IT takes a unique approach that works for projects of any size, examining such critical topics as:

  • Executing a seamless project across multiple locations
  • Mitigating the risks of off-shoring
  • Developing and implementing processes for global development
  • Establishing practical outsourcing guidelines
  • Fostering effective collaboration and communication across continents and culture

This book provides a balanced framework for planning global development, covering topics such as managing people in distributed sites and managing a project across locations. It delivers a comprehensive business model that is beneficial to anyone looking for the most cost-effective, efficient way to engineer good software products.

 

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Contents

Cover
Different Business Models
Benefits
Challenges
Deciding the Business Model
Development
Estimation and Planning
Development Processes
Risk Management
Risk Assessment in Globally
Intellectual Property and Information
Global Software Engineering
Global Software Engineering
TAKEAWAY TIPS
Roles and Responsibilities
Soft Skills

RESULTS
Software Chunks
Configuration Management
Quality Control
Tools and IT Infrastructure
COLLABORATIVE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTS
Management
Supplier Selection and Evaluation
IT OutsourcingA Supplier
Monitoring Cost Progress
Requirements Engineering
Educating Global Software
Advancing Your Own Business
INITIATION
The World Remains Flat
ChecklistTemplate Self Assessment
ChecklistTemplate Risk Management
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

CHRISTOF EBERT, PhD, is Managing Director at Vector Consulting Services. He supports companies around the world to improve product development and strategy and to manage organizational changes. Dr. Ebert sits on a number of advisory and industry bodies. Over the years, he has set up and improved several offshoring sites and performed due diligence assessments. He serves on the executive board of the IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering series and teaches at the University of Stuttgart.

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