Understanding the Importance of Trust in Distributed Agile Projects: A Practical Perspective

  • Siva Dorairaj
  • James Noble
  • Petra Malik
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 48)


Agile methods rely on face-to-face communication but are being used in distributed projects. We have conducted grounded theory research with Agile practitioners to collate the strategies they use to overcome the challenges in distributed projects. In this paper, we argue that trust is one of the key factors in determining the success or failure of distributed Agile projects, and describe how trust can be generated and sustained by increasing effective communication and understanding cultural differences.


Trust Agile Methods Agile Project Management Distributed Agile Project Grounded Theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Siva Dorairaj
    • 1
  • James Noble
    • 1
  • Petra Malik
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Engineering and Computer ScienceVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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