Agility Across Time and Space

Implementing Agile Methods in Global Software Projects

  • Darja Šmite
  • Nils Brede Moe
  • Pär J. Ågerfalk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXVI
  2. Motivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Darja Šmite, Nils Brede Moe, Pär J. Ågerfalk
      Pages 3-7
  3. Transition

  4. Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Alberto Avritzer, Francois Bronsard, Gilberto Matos
      Pages 133-148
    3. Xiaofeng Wang, Federico Gobbo, Michael Lane
      Pages 149-166
    4. Erran Carmel
      Pages 167-170
    5. Xin Wang, Frank Maurer, Robert Morgan, Josyleuda Oliveira
      Pages 183-199
    6. Mikko Korkala, Minna Pikkarainen, Kieran Conboy
      Pages 201-216
    7. Jan Bosch, Petra Bosch-Sijtsema
      Pages 217-233
    8. Jakub Rudzki, Imed Hammouda, Tuomas Mikkola, Karri Mustonen, Tarja Systä
      Pages 235-255
  5. Teams

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Maria Paasivaara, Casper Lassenius
      Pages 259-278
    3. Jutta Eckstein
      Pages 279-287
    4. Jutta Eckstein
      Pages 289-299
    5. Jörn Koch, Joachim Sauer
      Pages 311-319
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Darja Šmite, Nils Brede Moe, Pär J. Ågerfalk
      Pages 333-337
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 339-341

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?


Agile method Extreme Programming Motivation Offshore Outsourcing Scrum organization programming service-oriented computing software engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Darja Šmite
    • 1
  • Nils Brede Moe
    • 2
  • Pär J. Ågerfalk
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EngineeringBlekinge Institute of TechnologyRonnebySweden
  2. 2.Dept. Information & Communication, Technology (ICT)SINTEFTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Dept. Information SciencesUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-12441-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-12442-6
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