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Classifications of Software Transfers
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
2012 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many companies have development sites around the globe. This inevitably means that development work may be transferred between the sites. This paper defines a classification of software transfer types; it divides transfers into three main types: full, partial and gradual transfers to describe the context of a transfer. The differences between transfer types, and hence the need for a classification, are illustrated with staffing curves for two different transfer types. The staffing curves are obtained through a combination of interviews with both high-level management and a group of experts, and an industrial case study. From the empirical work, it is concluded that the distribution of personnel differs for different types of transfer, which means that it is crucial to be clear about different classes of software transfers. If not, it is easy to underestimate the effort needed to transfer software work as well as additional costs related to the transfer as such.

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Hong Kong: IEEE , 2012.
Keyword [en]
Global software engineering, global software development, software transfers, distributed teams, offshoring, offshore insourcing, empirical study
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Software Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7075Local ID: diva2:834655
19th Asia-Pacific Conference on Software Engineering
Available from: 2012-12-14 Created: 2012-12-12 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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