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Distributed Project Management

  1. Rafael Prikladnicki,
  2. Jorge Luis Nicolas Audy

Published Online: 16 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse218

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Prikladnicki, R. and Audy, J. L. N. 2009. Distributed Project Management. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1015–1022.

Author Information

  1. Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2009


Software development involves teamwork and a lot of communication. It seems rational to put all your team members in one place, encourage them to share objectives, and let the project run. But the movement toward globally distributed software development is changing the way projects are planned, developed, tested, and delivered to customers. Is this article, we present the concepts involved in distributed software development, and particularly the challenges of distributed project management, that is, when a project manager has to manage a distributed development team. The article is focused on a specific type of distributed development, when a company transfers work to one or more subsidiaries of the same company, and the subsidiaries are geographically distributed in multiple locations.


  • distributed software development;
  • distributed project management;
  • project management;
  • global software development;
  • global software engineering;
  • global software teams;
  • offshore outsourcing;
  • internal offshoring