AuthorsJ. L. Barros-Justo, F. B. V. Benitti and J. S. Molléri
TitleRisks and risk mitigation in global software development: an update
AfilliationSoftware Engineering
Project(s)Department of IT Management, EDOS: Effective Digitalization of Public Sector
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
JournalJournal of Software: Evolution and Process
Date Published09/2021
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd

Context: Interest in global software development (GSD) has led to the publication of numerous studies. Over time, these studies should be updated to verify if their findings and conclusions remain valid. 
Objective: To update a tertiary study, published in 2014, focused on investigating risks and risk mitigation advice in the context of GSD. 
Method: We conducted a systematic literature study based on forward snowballing, out of which we identified and selected 25 unique studies.
Results: We extracted: a) 122 risks (75 of which already identified in the original work), and b) 123 mitigation advice (44 of which were identified in the original work). The evidence supporting these risks and mitigation were extracted from 619 and 389 primary sources, respectively. Given the amount of evidence found, we have reported only those with higher empirical support. The raw data, including all the values obtained, are available online as complementary material.
Conclusions: Interest in GSD, its potential risks, and possible mitigation strategies, remains high. This update has allowed increasing the level of empirical support provided by the findings of the original work.

Citation Key27677