Distributed Collaborative Systems Development

We have been involved in research into how globally sourced projects are affected by the location of the outsourced work by parameters such as distance (see e.g. this publication on nearshore outsourcing), and cultural/historical contexts (see e.g. this publication on Caribbean nearshoring).

We have looked in-depth at the Chinese software and services outsourcing industry at issues such as the cross-cultural influences that are brought to bear on Sino-Western collaborations and introduced the concept of “creolization” as a means of exploring these issues. We have also investigated the distributed collaborative work practices of one of China’s leading software and services outsourcing companies (Pactera Ltd. [previously VanceInfo Technologies]) and published our findings in this e-book.

We have also investigated globally distributed agile practices in the financial and hi-tech sectors as part of a doctoral student project and held workshops on the results of these findings with agile practitioners (see e.g. this BCS workshop on Hybrid Agile).