Managing distributed software teams
Increasingly software development teams are becoming bigger and more dispersed. This is particuarly true in the free and open source community where many of the members of project teams may never meet one another face to face.The main challenges in this trend are that it is difficult to share information, monitor progress or even just to develop a common culture and ethos.
The Johannesburg Centre for Software Excellence’s XP Forum will be hosting a discussion on March 6 on the challenges faced by dispersed development teams. Speaking at the event will be Tetyana Loskutova, an embedded systems developer and the technical documentation manager for the db4objects database project. The db4objects team is located in nine countries around the world and has developed a management system based on agile processing and extreme programming that could be called Remote XP.