An Approach to Sharing Business Process Models in Agile-Style Global Software Engineering
The globalization of information technology and the improvement of telecommunication facilities have facilitated software development business processes worldwide. Despite this increasingly popular trend, the initial expectations of the cost reductions of offshore outsourcing have not been realized. Many software development companies are facing difficulties caused by many hidden costs, including translation efforts in language gap, transition risks, learning needs, communication overheads, setup times, ramping up durations, scope creeps, etc. In this paper, we propose an approach to improving knowledge sharing in global software development. In addition, the trend of software development methodology has been changing to iterative and agile style from the classic waterfall model. In iterative and agile software developments, requirement specification, coding, testing, are mainly interested in a relatively short term. The rationale of this change came from the higher software quality and higher customer satisfaction. Iterative process can involve customers and developers into its software development mode carefully and deeply. One of the challenges is to apply an iterative or agile development model into global software developments. The main problem is such iterative and agile process might need the tremendous number of communications and documents for collaboration because of iteration. Thus, software collaboration tools will be valuable for such situations in global software developments.
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