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<p><b>Abstract</b>—Time is an essential measure of performance in software development because time delays tend to fall directly to the bottom line. To address this issue, this research seeks to distinguish time-based software development practices: those managerial actions that result in faster development speed and higher productivity. This study is based upon a survey of software management practices in Western Europe and builds upon an earlier study we carried out in the United States and Japan. We measure the extent to which managers in the United States, Japan, and Europe differ in their management of software projects and also determine the tools, technology, and practices that separate fast and slow developers in Western Europe.</p>
Software engineering, software development, global performance comparisons, software speed and productivity, management factors, empirical research, Europe, Japan, and the United States.

L. N. Van Wassenhove, G. D. Scudder and J. D. Blackburn, "Improving Speed and Productivity of Software Development: A Global Survey of Software Developers," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 22, no. , pp. 875-885, 1996.
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