A Decision Model for Supporting Task Allocation Processes in Global Software Development

  • Ansgar Lamersdorf
  • Jürgen Münch
  • Dieter Rombach
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 32)


Today, software-intensive systems are increasingly being developed in a globally distributed way. However, besides its benefit, global development also bears a set of risks and problems. One critical factor for successful project management of distributed software development is the allocation of tasks to sites, as this is assumed to have a major influence on the benefits and risks. We introduce a model that aims at improving management processes in globally distributed projects by giving decision support for task allocation that systematically regards multiple criteria. The criteria and causal relationships were identified in a literature study and refined in a qualitative interview study. The model uses existing approaches from distributed systems and statistical modeling. The article gives an overview of the problem and related work, introduces the empirical and theoretical foundations of the model, and shows the use of the model in an example scenario.


Software Development Bayesian Network Task Assignment Task Allocation Global Software Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ansgar Lamersdorf
    • 1
  • Jürgen Münch
    • 2
  • Dieter Rombach
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of KaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer IESEGermany

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