Title: Creation and evaluation of software teams - a social approach

Authors: Surayne Torres; Yadenis Piñero; Pedro Y. Piñero; Luiz Fernando Capretz

Addresses: Laboratorio de Investigaciones en Gestión de Proyectos, Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas (UCI), Carretera de San Antonio de los Baños, Km 2½, Torrens, La Habana, Cuba ' Laboratorio de Investigaciones en Gestión de Proyectos, Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas (UCI), Carretera de San Antonio de los Baños, Km 2½, Torrens, La Habana, Cuba ' Laboratorio de Investigaciones en Gestión de Proyectos, Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas (UCI), Carretera de San Antonio de los Baños, Km 2½, Torrens, La Habana, Cuba ' Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western University, London, Ontario N6A 5B9, Canada

Abstract: This work discusses an important issue in the area of human resource management by proposing a novel model for creation and evaluation of software teams. The model consists of several assessments, including a technical test, a quality of life test and a psychological-sociological test. Since the technical test requires particular organisational specifications and cannot be examined without reference to a specific company, only the sociological test and the quality of life tests are extensively discussed in this work. Two strategies are discussed for assigning roles in a project. Initially, six software projects were selected and after extensive analysis of the projects, two projects were chosen and correctives actions were applied. An empirical evaluation was also conducted to assess the model's effectiveness. The experimental results demonstrate that the application of the model improved the productivity of project teams.

Keywords: team balance; team creation; human resource management; HRM; project management; team evaluation; software teams; sociological tests; quality of life tests; role assignment; software projects; productivity; project teams.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2014.066695

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2014 Vol.28 No.4/5/6, pp.167 - 183

Available online: 01 Jan 2015 *

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