Agile Distributed Software Development in Nine Central European Teams: Challenges, Benefits, and Recommendations

International Journal of Computer Science & Information Technology (IJCSIT) Vol 11, No 1, February 2019

18 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2019

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Manuel Stadler

Vienna University of Technology

Raoul Vallon

Vienna University of Technology

Martin Pazderka

Vienna University of Technology

Thomas Grechenig

Vienna University of Technology

Date Written: February 2019

Abstract

Although initially designed for co-located teams, agile methodologies promise mitigation to the challenges present in distributed software development with their demand for frequent communication. We examine the application of agile practices in software engineering teams with low geographical distribution in Austria and Germany. To gather insights on challenges and benefits faced by distributed teams we conduct interviews with eleven representatives and analyse the interview transcripts using the inductive category formation method. As a result, we identify four major challenges, such as technical obstructions or the impediments different language abilities have on communication, and four benefits, regarding collaboration and information radiation, that agile methods yield in distributed teams. Based on our analysis of challenges and benefits, we deduct seven recommendations to improve collaboration, overcome distance and avoid pitfalls. Key recommendations for teams with low geographical distance include that teams should get together at certain points to build relationships and trust and share information face-to-face.

Keywords: Agile Distributed Software Development, Distributed Agile, Nearshoring, Agile Methods

Suggested Citation

Stadler, Manuel and Vallon, Raoul and Pazderka, Martin and Grechenig, Thomas, Agile Distributed Software Development in Nine Central European Teams: Challenges, Benefits, and Recommendations (February 2019). International Journal of Computer Science & Information Technology (IJCSIT) Vol 11, No 1, February 2019 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3346329

Manuel Stadler

Vienna University of Technology

Karlsplatz 13
Vienna
Austria

Raoul Vallon

Vienna University of Technology

Karlsplatz 13
Vienna
Austria

Martin Pazderka

Vienna University of Technology

Karlsplatz 13
Vienna
Austria

Thomas Grechenig (Contact Author)

Vienna University of Technology ( email )

Karlsplatz 13
Vienna
Austria

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