COVID-19 challenge: distributed software development


COVID-19 challenge: distributed software development

By Adrián Savarese

No doubt: COVID-19 is the one responsible for the biggest digital transformation around the world. It changes the way we communicate and work. Work from home and remotely has become the go-to model for software development teams.

Perhaps because the technology industry is always at the cutting edge of innovation, distributed software development has become a powerful structure for increasing productivity and efficiency and improving the overall business.

But, why does the distributed model make sense for the software industry?
Having talent spread out across different regions and even countries can help you keep your critical processes going during a tumultuous and chaotic period.

Lower costs
Access to widespread talent
Greater efficiency and productivity
Use of nearshore location

That doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges associated with turning to distributed software development during the pandemic. With the aim of achieving higher levels of productivity, organizations require new technologies, processes, and methods through improvements related to the software life cycle, project planning, estimations, risks management, quality assurance, team skills, and the division of responsibilities with the aim of supporting collaboration, coordination, and communication among developers. Iterative approaches are commonly used in contrast to traditional waterfall or sequential methods.