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Virtual Software Team Project Management

Casey, Valentine (2010) Virtual Software Team Project Management. Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society, Special Issue on Global Software Development, 16 (2). pp. 83-96. ISSN 0104-6500

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Abstract

Globally distributed information systems development has become a key strategy for large sections of the software industry. This involves outsourcing projects to third parties or offshoring development to divisions in remote locations. A popular approach when implementing these strategies is the establishment of virtual teams. The justification for embarking on this approach is to endeavor to leverage the potential benefits of labor arbitrage available between geographical locations. When implementing such a strategy organizations must recognize that virtual teams operate differently to collocated teams, therefore they must be managed differently. These differences arise due to the complex and collaborative nature of information systems development and the impact distance introduces. Geographical, temporal, cultural and linguistic distance all negatively impact on coordination, cooperation, communication and visibility in the virtual team setting. In these circumstances it needs to be recognized that the project management of a virtual team must be carried out in a different manner to that of a collocated team. Results from this research highlight six specific project management areas, which need to be addressed to facilitate successful virtual team operation. They are: Organizational Virtual Team Strategy, Risk Management, Infrastructure, Implementation of a Virtual Team Process, Team Structure and Organization and Conflict Management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Project Management; Virtual Teams; Global Software Development (GSD); Culture; Coordination; Cooperation; Communication; Visibility; Tools; Process Re-Engineering; Knowledge Transfer
Subjects: Computer Science
Science
Research Centres: Regulated Software Research Centre
Depositing User: Concepta Woods
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2012 14:04
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:10
URI: http://eprints.dkit.ie/id/eprint/116

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