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GSE

Global software Engineering

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Training and Teambuilding - Tailored Training Co-locate team members from multiple sites for training with standard (e.g. UML) and project-specific parts (e.g. simplified version of the target system)
Training and Teambuilding - Co-located Analysis Phase Bring team members from multiple sites together to jointly review the high level architecture and requirements and develop functional specifications
Selecting the Right Communication Media - Distributed Pair Programming Virtual pair programming via application sharing
Maintaining Cross-Site Relationship - Onsite Management Visits Project manager visits the remote sites for detailed status meeting to ensure progress and resolve issues
Maintaining Cross-Site Relationship - Cross-Site Delegation Delegate is sent to another site to learn from domain or project knowledge, and to act as bridge between sites
Maintaining Cross-Site Relationship - Unfiltered Communication Line manager meets directly with the developers from remote sites with no planned agenda to help solve problems that the developers are experiencing
Project Team Practices: Establish and Prepare Team - Selected GSE requires flexibility, good social skills, etc. Team members should be screened for personality and the team carefully built over time for maximum cohesion
Project Team Practices: Establish and Prepare Team - Prepared Train teams for distributed development, e.g. communication, good practices for collaboration
Project Team Practices: Establish and Prepare Team - Culture Awareness Being aware of cultural differences, including both national and organizational culture, intercultural training
Project Team Practices: Establish and Prepare Team - Team Mentor Assign a mentor with GSE experience to a new team to allow for on- the-job learning
Project Team Practices: Bring Team Members Together - Early Bonding Emphasize on building the team from the start of the project, trust and personal connections need to be built early
Project Team Practices: Bring Team Members Together - Short Engagements Short-term assignments at the other location enable team members to get to know remote team members and build up domain knowledge
Project Team Practices: Bring Team Members Together - Team Space Local team rooms should accommodate visiting team members, flexibly design team space
Project Team Practices: Align Physical Team Meetings with Process - Together Make sure the team physically meets frequently enough, e.g. every 6-8 weeks for 10 days, alternate locations
Project Team Practices: Align Physical Team Meetings with Process - Iteration Connect Synchronize length of iteration with frequency of physical meetings, as busiest communication phase is at transition between iterations
Project Team Practices: Align Physical Team Meetings with Process - Completion United Bring development team together including testers and stakeholders at a single site for project completion (about 3 weeks)
Project Team Practices: Virtual Communication - Smart Meetings Agree on time slots during the week where team members are available for spontaneous contact, ensure frequent communication
Project Team Practices: Virtual Communication - Team Connector Designate a team member at each site to manage the flow of information
Project Manager Practices: Project Identity and Communication Strategy - One Project Create a clear project identity across sites, same goals and priorities for all sites
Project Manager Practices: Project Identity and Communication Strategy - Communication Strategy Create a communication plan: who to inform, stakeholders interests, communication means
Project Manager Practices: Project Identity and Communication Strategy - Common Information Infrastructure Set up information structure for the global team for easy information exchange
Project Manager Practices: Development Process and Environment - Living Process Establish shared development process, and keep the process up to date (revisit at each iteration)
Project Manager Practices: Development Process and Environment - Common Development Environment Implement one single common development environment which is used at all sites, worldwide 24/7 support required
Project Manager Practices: Appreciate Team Commitment - Flexibility Balance the team members' additional effort for communication beyond work hours by giving them flexibility outside common team time
Project Manager Practices: Appreciate Team Commitment - Full Credit Make sure all team members get equal credit for project success, independent of their role and physical location
Created by: echiphn