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Using ISO 90003 for software “design and development” in large virtual teams

Sidhartha R. Das (Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA)
Ulku Yaylacicegi (Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA)
Cem Canel (Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 27 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

ISO 90003 provides guidelines for applying ISO 9001 to software development processes. The purpose of this paper is to present how the software development process in large, virtual teams (LVTs) can be managed, so that they are in compliance with ISO 9001.

Design/methodology/approach

The firm's actions are described in a case example format that illustrates how fit between theory and practice is achieved; and forms a precursor to the derivation of appropriate research arguments.

Findings

The steps presented show the application of ISO 90003 guidelines to software development planning activities in LVTs, to meet the requirements of ISO 9000 certification.

Research limitations/implications

The scope of this paper is limited to the application of Section 7.3 (Design and development) of ISO 90003:2004 to the software development process. The paper presents the discussion in a “generalized” fashion so that the steps described can be implemented by any software development company.

Practical implications

The implications for managers in this study lie in the presentation of a set of steps to manage software development processes in LVTs, so that they are in compliance with ISO 9001.

Originality/value

There is a dearth of studies on the application of process‐based approaches in virtual organizations. This paper addresses this gap in the literature by examining how software development processes in virtual organizations (specifically, LVTs) may be formally managed, so that they are in compliance with ISO 9001.

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Citation

Das, S.R., Yaylacicegi, U. and Canel, C. (2008), "Using ISO 90003 for software “design and development” in large virtual teams", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 108 No. 6, pp. 775-793. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635570810884003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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