Agile Practices in Global Software Engineering - A Systematic Map

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Samireh Jalali, Claes Wohlin
Title: Agile Practices in Global Software Engineering - A Systematic Map
Conference name: International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE)
Year: 2010
Pagination: 45-54
Publisher: IEEE
City: Princeton, NJ
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: This paper presents the results of systematically reviewing the current research literature on the use of agile practices and lean software development in global software engineering (GSE). The primary purpose is to highlight under which circumstances they have been applied efficiently. Some common terms related to agile practices (e.g. scrum, extreme programming) were considered in formulating the search strings, along with a number of alternatives for GSE such as offshoring, outsourcing, and virtual teams. The results were limited to peer-reviewed conference papers/journal articles, published between 1999 and 2009. The synthesis was made through classifying the papers into different categories (e.g. research type, distribution). The analysis revealed that in most cases agile practices were modified with respect to the context and situational requirements. This indicates the need for future research on how to integrate all experiences and practices in a way to assist practitioners when setting up non-collocated agile projects.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: systematic map, agile, scrum, lean software development, extreme programming, pair programming, global software engineering, global software development, offshore, outsource, virtual team, distributed team, open source