Understanding Team Dynamics in Distributed Agile Software Development

  • Siva Dorairaj
  • James Noble
  • Petra Malik
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 111)


Team dynamics are patterns of interaction among team members that determine the performance of the team. Success of Agile software development depends on team interaction. Team interactions are, however, affected in distributed teams. Through a Grounded Theory study that involved 40 Agile practitioners from 24 different software companies in the USA, India, and Australia, we investigate the key concerns of distributed Agile teams. We found Agile teams depend significantly on team interaction, and adopt six strategies that promote effective team interaction in distributed software development.


Team Dynamics Team Interaction Agile Methods Grounded Theory Distributed Teams 


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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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