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Empirical study of communication structures and barriers in geographically distributed teams

Bano, Muneera, Zowghi, Didar and Sarkissian, Natalie 2016, Empirical study of communication structures and barriers in geographically distributed teams, IET software, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 147-153, doi: 10.1049/iet-sen.2015.0112.

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Title Empirical study of communication structures and barriers in geographically distributed teams
Author(s) Bano, MuneeraORCID iD for Bano, Muneera orcid.org/0000-0002-1447-9521
Zowghi, Didar
Sarkissian, Natalie
Journal name IET software
Volume number 10
Issue number 5
Start page 147
End page 153
Total pages 7
Publisher IET
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1751-8806
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Technology
Computer Science, Software Engineering
Computer Science
team working
project management
software development management
software houses
communication barriers
geographically distributed teams
Conway law
organisation communication structures
business processes
business functions
software projects
geographically distributed software development organisation
globally distributed software development teams
CONWAYS LAW
ARCHITECTURES
COORDINATION
Summary Conway's law asserts that communication structures of organisations constrain the design of the products they develop. This law is more explicitly observable in geographically distributed contexts because distributed teams are required to share information across different time zones and barriers. The diverse business processes and functions adopted by individual teams in geographically distributed settings create challenges for effective communication. Since the publication of Conway's law, a significant body of research has emerged in its relation to the communication structures. When it comes to software projects, the explicit observation about Conway's law has produced mixed results. The research reported in this study explores the communication structures and corresponding challenges faced by teams within a large geographically distributed software development organisation. The data was collected from relevant documents, a questionnaire and interviews with relevant stakeholders. The findings suggest that Conway's law is observable within the communication structures of globally distributed software development teams. The authors have identified the barriers and challenges of effective communications in this setting and have investigated the benefits of utilising an integrated system to overcome these challenges.
Language eng
DOI 10.1049/iet-sen.2015.0112
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 0803 Computer Software
0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30132328

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