Exploring the Impact of Task Allocation Strategies for Global Software Development Using Simulation

  • Siri-on Setamanit
  • Wayne Wakeland
  • David Raffo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3966)


We describe a hybrid computer simulation model of the software development process that is specifically architected to study alternative ways to configure global software development projects, including phased-based, module-based, and follow-the-sun allocation strategies. The model is a hybrid system dynamics and discrete event model. In this paper, test cases have been developed for each allocation strategy, and project duration under each configuration is computed under a range of plausible assumptions for key parameters. The primary finding is that although under ideal assumptions, follow-the-sun is able to produce impressive reductions in time-to-market, under more realistic assumptions the reverse is true, thus corroborating findings by other researchers. Further analysis reveals the presence of some interaction between the assumptions, but the results remain robust.


Time Zone Virtual Team Development Site Project Duration Global Software Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Siri-on Setamanit
    • 1
  • Wayne Wakeland
    • 2
  • David Raffo
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business AdministrationPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Systems Science PhDPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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