Managing geographically distributed clients throughout the project management life cycle

Managing the development of innovative software systems is highly complex because such efforts--in today's market--not only demand creating new solutions to meet a client's ever-evolving yet unique competitive requirements but also involve outsourcing--from primarily Western organizations to mostly offshore vendors operating in distant regions such as Southeast Asia--key project functions. The result is that managers of such projects must oversee the efforts of stakeholders located worldwide. This article examines a two-phase survey-based study involving 40 project managers and looking at the twelve critical issues that these project managers most often face when managing complex software development projects for geographically distributed clients. In doing so, it overviews the previous research on managing geographically distributed projects and on engaging a client's involvement in the software development life cycle (SDLC). It details the major issues that project managers face while managing projects for globally distributed clients, issues that are discussed in relation to the nine Knowledge Areas outlined in PMI's PMBOK Guide and from the project team's point-of-view. It then outlines the study's methodology and its three-layered model; it lists the survey's twelve variables and the study's four hypotheses. It explains the survey results, identifying the 12 variables that affect the outcome of geographically distributed projects.
member content locked

Log in or join PMI to gain access

or Join

Advertisement

Advertisement

Related Content

  • Project Management Journal

    External Stakeholder Management Strategies and Resources in Megaprojects member content locked

    By Ninan, Johan | Mahalingam, Ashwin | Clegg, Stewart Megaprojects involve managing external stakeholders with diverse interests. Using an Indian megaproject case study, we discuss how the project managed external stakeholders through strategies such…

  • PM Network

    Wanted: Data member content locked

    Good data is the lifeblood of a successful artificial intelligence (AI) project. But collecting and parsing quality data can be time-consuming and costly. That leaves many AI teams facing a…

  • PM Network

    Unchartered Waters member content locked

    By Giannetto, Judy It could be a watershed moment for Finland and Estonia. Finnish entrepreneur Peter Vesterbacka, the former chief marketing officer of the company that developed Angry Birds, is looking to build the…

  • PM Network

    Orbital Test member content locked

    By Ali, Ambreen It's getting crowded up there. In yet another space race driven by privatization, startups are launching projects to get more satellites into Earth's low orbit. Having more satellites closer to…

  • PM Network

    Jet Setters member content locked

    By Fister Gale, Sarah Like any leading aerospace company, Embraer is driven by a mission to aim higher. The company ranks as one of the world's largest commercial jet manufacturers, but with newer, more fuel-efficient…

Advertisement

Publishing or acceptance of an advertisement is neither a guarantee nor endorsement of the advertiser's product or service. View advertising policy.