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Agility Across Time and Space

Implementing Agile Methods in Global Software Projects

Editors: #mite, Darja, Moe, Nils Brede, Ågerfalk, Pär J. (Eds.)

  • Combines two important trends in software development: how to use agile methods to resolve the inherent communication problems of global teams
  • Based on both empirical research and industrial practice
  • Offers substantial practical advice through many hints, checklists, and experience reports
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About this book

Rather than deciding whether or not to get involved in global sourcing, many companies are facing decisions about whether or not to apply agile methods in their distributed projects. These companies are often motivated by the opportunities to solve the coordination and communication difficulties associated with global software development. Yet while agile principles prescribe close interaction and co-location, the very nature of distributed software development does not support these prerequisites. Šmite, Moe, and Ågerfalk structured the book into five parts. In “Motivation” the editors introduce the fundamentals of agile distributed software development and explain the rationale behind the application of agile practices in globally distributed software projects. “ Transition” describes implementation strategies, adoption of particular agile practices for distributed projects, and general concepts of agility. “Management” details practical implications for project planning, time management, and customer and subcontractor interaction. “Teams” discusses agile distributed team configuration, effective communication and knowledge transfer, and allocation of roles and responsibilities. Finally, in the “Epilogue” the editors summarize all contributions and present future trends for research and practice in agile distributed development. This book is primarily targeted at researchers, lecturers, and students in empirical software engineering, and at practitioners involved in globally distributed software projects. The contributions are based on sound empirical research and identify gaps and commonalities in both the existing state of the art and state of the practice. In addition, they also offer practical advice through many hints, checklists, and experience reports. Questions answered in this book include: What should companies expect from merging agile and distributed strategies? What are the stumbling blocks that prevent companies from realizing the benefits of the agile approach in distributed environments, and how can we recognize infeasible strategies and unfavorable circumstances? What helps managers cope with the challenges of implementing agile approaches in distributed software development projects? How can distributed teams survive the decisions taken by management and become efficient through the application of agile approaches?

About the authors

Darja Šmite is a senior researcher at Blekinge Institute of Technology, which has recently been ranked as number 11 among the top institutions in the world in systems and software engineering by the Journal of Systems and Software. Her main research efforts are directed towards improving industrial practice with off-shoring and outsourcing software development. Before pursuing an academic career she has been engaged in industrial positions at a number of software houses in Latvia. Nils Brede Moe is a research scientist at SINTEF Information and Communication Technology in Trondheim, Norway. He has 11 years of experience working as a project manager and researcher within software development and is a co-author of the book “Process Improvement in Practice—A Handbook for IT Companies”. His current research interests include global software development, process improvement, self-management, and agile software development. Pär J. Ågerfalk is a professor at Uppsala University where he holds the Chair in Computer Science in Intersection with Social Sciences. Among many other responsibilities, he is the founding chair of the AIS Special Interest Group on Pragmatist Information Systems Research.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The researchers and practitioners who collectively wrote this volume have been examining without prejudice what works and what does not, and trying to get at the root cause, giving us another and better perspective on this fascinating wave: the agile software development movement.” – from the Foreword by Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

“If you have anything to do with software projects at multiple locations, you should read this book. … provides a coherent framework and a logical flow of information. … easy to read and conducive to skimming for high-value information. … useful feature is the practice of inserting practical tips in shaded panels, at regular intervals. I recommend this book to professionals involved in distributed projects … . It will also useful … to academics with research interests in agile programming, distributed software development, or both.” (Neil D. Burgess, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2010)


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Fundamentals of Agile Distributed Software Development

    Šmite, Darja (et al.)

    Pages 3-7

  • Implementing Extreme Programming in Distributed Software Project Teams: Strategies and Challenges

    Maruping, Likoebe M.

    Pages 11-30

  • Transitioning from Distributed and Traditional to Distributed and Agile: An Experience Report

    Wildt, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 31-46

  • Tailoring Agility: Promiscuous Pair Story Authoring and Value Calculation

    Tendon, Steve

    Pages 47-70

  • Scrum and Global Delivery: Pitfalls and Lessons Learned

    Sadun, Cristiano

    Pages 71-89

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-12442-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-12441-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-42621-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Agility Across Time and Space
Book Subtitle
Implementing Agile Methods in Global Software Projects
Editors
  • Darja #mite
  • Nils Brede Moe
  • Pär J. Ågerfalk
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-12442-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-12442-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-12441-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42621-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 341
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