Formulating Effective Coordination Strategies in Agile Global Software Development Teams

Li, Ye ; Maedche, Alexander

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Document Type: Conference or workshop publication
Year of publication: 2012
Book title: Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012)
Page range: Paper 36
Conference title: 33. International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012)
Location of the conference venue: Orlando, Fla.
Date of the conference: December 16-19, 2012
Publisher: Huang, Ming-Hui
Place of publication: Atlanta, Ga.
Publishing house: AISeL
ISBN: 978-0-615-71843-9
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Wirtschaftsinformatik IV (Mädche 2009-2015)
Subject: 330 Economics
650 Management
Keywords (English): Agile software development , global software development , coordination theory , coordination strategy , coordination mechanism
Abstract: Coordination of interdependent tasks across geographical, temporal and socio-cultural boundaries has been identified as a critical antecedent to global software development (GSD) team performance. Since GSD teams are increasingly required to achieve software development agility and respond to changing business requirements, conventional plan-driven software development methods become inadequate to manage the cross-boundary dependencies. To cope with this issue, there is an emerging trend of implementing change-driven agile methods in GSD; we call this practice agile GSD. This paper focuses on the formulation of coordination strategies in agile GSD. We argue that Coordination Theory (CT) can serve as a useful lens to develop a deeper understanding of the formulation process. We present a case study in a leading software development company using agile GSD and present preliminary results by applying the lens of CT.
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