Teamwork Challenges in Distributed Agile Software Development

Bart van den Hooff, Titia Doedijns

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In Distributed Agile Software Development (DASD), Agile software development principles are applied in a distributed setting. This creates an inherent tension, since DSD and ASD place conflicting requirements on how software development is organized. Where DSD builds on a plan-driven, systematic and structured approach, ASD by its nature is interactive, flexible, and focused on self-organizing teams. Based on an in-depth case study, we find that these inherent tensions lead to teamwork challenges within any of the eight teamwork dimensions (coordinating mechanisms and core components) of the Salas et al. (2005) model on which our study is founded. We also find that specific teamwork practices focused on shared understanding and practices, leveraging multiple communication channels, and stimulating mutual trust mitigate the extent to which these challenges emerge and affect collaboration in DASD teams. Our study contributes to the emerging literature on DASD, as well as the broader teamwork literature.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
EventICA 2020 - 70th Annual ICA Conference: Open Communication - Goldcoast, Goldcoast, Australia
Duration: 20 May 202027 Jun 2020
Conference number: 70


ConferenceICA 2020 - 70th Annual ICA Conference
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  • team dynamics
  • agile software development
  • distributed collaboration
  • business-IT alignment


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