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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Pr (Nov. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047063619X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470636190
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,803,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Summarizes experiences and guidance, processes and approaches for successfully handling global software development and outsourcing. It offers tons of practical hints and concrete explanations of 'how to do it better.'"
Michael Corbett, Chairman of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, from the Foreword

"This book stands out as the best source of information on distributed software development. Seldom do we see a book with the concepts completely backed by the experiences and views of the experts in their fields. Software developers and managers benefit from the broad spectrum of topics and companies in the case studies."
S. M. Balasubramaniyan, Vice President, Wipro Technologies

"This book is very well-written, up-to-date and packed with practical advice for every software engineer and manager working on global projects. I think it will become 'the' excellent source for the industry on the subject of global software development."
Bikram Sengupta, Manager, Software and Services Engineering, IBM Research - India

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"Summarizes experiences and guidance, processes and approaches for successfully handling global software development and outsourcing. It offers tons of practical hints and concrete explanations on 'how to do it better.'"—Michael Corbett, Chairman of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, from the Foreword


Based on the author's first-hand experience and expertise, this book offers a proven framework for global software engineering. Readers will learn best practices for managing a variety of software projects, coordinating the activities of several locations across the globe while accounting for cultural differences. Most importantly, readers will learn how to engineer a first-rate software product as efficiently as possible by fully leveraging global personnel and resources.

Global Software and IT takes a unique approach that works for projects of any size, examining such critical topics as:

  • Executing a seamless project across multiple locations

  • Mitigating the risks of offshoring

  • Developing and implementing processes for global development

  • Establishing practical outsourcing guidelines

  • Fostering effective collaboration and communication across continents and cultures

Throughout the book, case studies drawn from different industries demonstrate how actual global software engineering projects have been designed and executed. Moreover, sample scenarios and questions encourage readers to put their new skills and knowledge into practice, addressing key issues that commonly arise in global software projects.

This book provides a comprehensive business model that is beneficial to anyone looking for the most cost-effective, efficient way to engineer good software products.

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HASH(0xa065dbdc) out of 5 stars Guide is the right word for this book Dec 11 2011
By Filippo Lanubile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a modern guide for those in the software business who need to decide whether going global and have to face the critical challenges of distributed development. The book is easy to read without loosing depth. I appreciated very much the checklists as a practical and effective management tool.
HASH(0xa0652a50) out of 5 stars Good Book for the Distributed Team Newbie, Terrible Book for the Distributed Team Vet Dec 12 2013
By Basketcase456 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had to buy this book for a class I was taking on Distributed Teams and Development. As someone who worked with distributed teams on a regular basis, I hated this book. I felt the information was not laid out very well and sometimes redundant as though trying to add length to the book. I even found myself saying frequently "this is not what my team does at all."

That being said, if I had no clue how to work with people in different locations and cultures, this book is a good primer on basic methodology for distributed teams and distribution. I just don't know if it is something a book needed to be dedicated to teaching.
HASH(0xa0662930) out of 5 stars Textbook for class April 2 2013
By Not Mark Twain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This textbook was required for a class that I took called, "Distributed Software Development". The topic is fairly new. The book was published in 2012. I found this book to be a quick, easy, read. It has a lot of helpful, easy to remember, and practical advice. As a student, I welcome a textbook like this. I can read it wherever in a short amount of time. I do not have to spend hours reading the textbook; like, I have had to do for other classes. Since, it is small and paperback, it is very portable.
HASH(0xa0650bd0) out of 5 stars I like the book Sept. 28 2014
By balsam - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the book, a very good read, and it's one of the text books for the Distributed Software Development class.