In industrialized nations all over the world, businesses are readily embracing Geographically-Distributed Development, also known as GDD. This impressively-successful IT strategy model is replacing outdated methodologies that have been used for managing development projects. The archaic concept of managing projects via the use of only one or several building sites remains very limited in scope and simply cannot keep pace with business demands that must be met both within and outside of any given company.
GDD offers advantages that include:
*** diminished labor expenses
*** increased access to vital resources
*** reduced time-to-market with 24/7 staffing
GDD is specifically designed to be extremely flexible and accommodating, allowing organizations to respond to changing business conditions, in real time.
In order for the GDD benefits to become entirely realized, prevailing obstacles that would impede a company’s optimized success must be eliminated or dramatically diminished. It is no surprise that businesses within the geographically-distributed market inherit their own set of challenges such as expenses associated with communication and coordination logistics. Global businesses must implement strategies that will reduce these types of avoidable expenses since, if left unchecked, can compromise the benefits that GDD offers. Challenges on an international level include cultural differences, language barriers, and inaccessibility to time-sensitive information that must meet vital deadlines. All these hindrances have great potential to dramatically and negatively impact the success of distributed projects.
One of the incredibly-accommodating capabilities of GDD is enabling team-members to work cooperatively and in synchronized fashion even when colleagues are located in different states or in completely different parts of the world. If multiple sites are utilized for software-development, outsourcing companies can be assigned tasks and work, simultaneously. Any contracted resources would be embedded in the development of a project’s multiple components within the software’s project-development cycle—optimized efficiency is the name of the game.