Global Software Development

Overcoming Cultural Differences by Focusing on Similarities

room: Crystal A — time: Tuesday 14:00-14:45, Tuesday 14:45-15:30
Level: Practicing

One of the challenges global teams are facing, is overcoming cultural differences. Yet, these differences have their origin not only in geography and language, but also in strategies, politics, values and history. A company, no less than the broader society, shapes a culture that influences its employees behavior. A distributed team needs to leverage this and jointly develop a project culture and keep the project history alive for emphasizing the common culture. This session points out techniques that have helped to create a common culture in different global projects I have been working on.

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