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Solutions in global software engineering: A systematic literature review

Journal article
Authors S. Schneider
Richard Torkar
T. Gorschek
Published in International Journal of Information Management
Volume 33
Issue 1
Pages 119-132
ISSN 0268-4012
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Pages 119-132
Language en
Keywords Systematic literature review, Global software engineering, SolutionProcess model, Distributed development, Solutions
Subject categories Software Engineering


Global software engineering (GSE) has received increased attention, as globalization enables and encourages increased distribution of product development. Many empirical studies and systematic literature reviews (SLRs) focus on the identification of challenges, this paper however presents the first SLR collecting and analyzing solutions associated with GSE, while also evaluating the level of empirical validation of said solutions. As a starting point the paper presents a GSE model, designed to categorize solutions into process areas, useful for the analysis of the research community's contributions to state-of-the-art and identifying fundamental gaps in research. In addition, the model categorizing the solutions is populated with references and good-examples, useful for practitioners, which can use the model to find solutions to overall challenges in various process areas. The overall results of the systematic review revealed more than 330 papers containing 127 solutions that were then identified and mapped to the model. The process areas of project management are highly populated, while other areas like product integration have received surprisingly little attention. In addition, selected process area is elaborated upon in terms of contents and deficiencies.

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