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Techniques for Managing Distributed Software Development, Around the World

Gary Long, SVP for Product Development, EnterpriseDB Corp.

Track: People
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 5:20pm - 6:05pm
Location: D133

Managing worldwide software development is challenging, but the payoff is worth it.

EnterpriseDB has development labs in the United States, England, India and Pakistan—plus individual developers working from anywhere there’s an Internet connection. The open source software community (in this case PostgreSQL) includes hackers on every continent except Antarctica.

How can a software development organization manage to build an ambitious software product and provide enterprise-class 24x7 support? One part of the answer is leveraging a rock-solid open source product such as PostgreSQL. The second part is drawing on a world-wide talent pool for effective software development—which is the theme of this session.

Key topics include:

  • Business aspects
  • Distributed development organization: hierarchical, matrix, or location-based?
  • Blending the best of open source community practices with a more-traditional product development life cycle
  • Techniques—such as “always on” video over IP—for better communication and virtual team meetings
  • Lessons learned, benefits & challenges