The combination of agile methods and global software development via virtual teams represents an emerging approach to addressing the challenges typically associated with software development projects. The prevailing viewpoint has been that agile methods are not applicable in global settings. However, some current research is challenging this assertion. Therefore, we pose the following research question: How can agile teams be successfully configured in globally distributed environments? Drawing upon configurational theory, work group design research, virtualness concepts, and the software agility literature, the purpose of this paper is to construct a preliminary conceptual model for exploring three proposed dimensions necessary for successful configuration of global agile teams: structure, agility, and virtualness. This paper contributes to the information systems field by providing a starting point towards theory building in the area of globally distributed agile teams and by suggesting three dimensions for measuring and characterizing global agile team configuration.


Global agile teams agile methods global software development conceptual model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason H. Sharp
    • 1
  • Sherry D. Ryan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Information SystemsTarleton State UniversityStephenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Information Technology and Decision SciencesUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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