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An Exploratory Study of Software Evolution and Quality: Before, During and After a Transfer
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
2012 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the light of globalization it is not uncommon that different teams from different locations get involved in the development of a software product during its evolution. However, empirical evidence that demonstrates the effect of changing team members on software quality is scarce. In this paper, we investigate quality of a software product, across subsequent software releases, that was first developed in one location of Ericsson, a large multinational corporation, then jointly with an offshore location of the same company, and finally transferred offshore. To get a better understanding multiple data sources are used in the analysis: qualitative data, consisting of interviews and documentation, and quantitative data, consisting of release history and defect statistics. Our findings confirm an initial decline in efficiency and quality after a transfer, and highlight the areas of concern for companies that are considering transferring their product development from experienced teams to those having limited or no previous engagement with the product.

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Porto Alegre, Brazil: IEEE , 2012.
Keyword [en]
Global Software Development, Software transfer, Software evolution, Software quality, Empirical case study
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Software Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7115DOI: 10.1109/ICGSE.2012.30Local ID: 978-0-7695-4787-9OAI: diva2:834697
International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE)
2012 IEEE Seventh International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE)Available from: 2012-12-06 Created: 2012-11-29 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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