Title: Agile in global software engineering: an exploratory experience

Authors: Amitoj Singh; Kawaljeet Singh; Neeraj Sharma

Addresses: CURIN, Chitkara University, Punjab, India ' Punjabi University, Patiala, India ' Punjabi University, Patiala, India

Abstract: It has always been argued that the two practices (distribution + agile) are actually incompatible. Introduction of agile methodologies in distributed field raises new challenges for development infrastructures to support collaboration and knowledge sharing in software development. Agile in a distributed setting does not mean step-by-step implementation of a particular agile methodology. It means collaboration among distributed teams to collate processes that follow agile principles and put together a methodology that works for them. This paper finds out different parameters for applicability of agile in distributed environment. Consequent upon the extensive literature review, a set of 43 factors were finalised. Factor analysis is used to factorising the minimising factors. After analysing eight broad factors are identified. The empirical analysis validates some long-held beliefs, it also provides some surprises. The findings agree with many of the 12 principles of agile practices laid down in the agile manifesto. The other three auxiliary factors identified also support several manifesto practices. On the other hand, the study findings fail to support several common assumptions about agile success factors.

Keywords: agile software development; distributed development; knowledge sharing; agility; global software engineering; success factors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2015.068607

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2015 Vol.8 No.1, pp.23 - 38

Accepted: 09 Sep 2014
Published online: 30 Mar 2015 *

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