Scaling agile methods to process improvement projects: a global virtual team case study

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Kiely, Gaye L.
Kiely, Joy
Nolan, Catherine
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Agile methods have been embraced by the software development industry. Their effectiveness in streamlining the software process has led organizations to look at the application of agile methods to non-software projects and organizational functions. While a significant body of research exists on agile methods and software development, previous studies on agile methods have not elaborated on their use in global virtual teams (GVTs) engaged in non-software projects. This paper describes one such project, where an organization that had previously adopted agile methods for software development, scaled agile methods to a GVT undertaking a process improvement project. Participant observation was employed to capture a rich description of the tailoring of agile methods for the project. Findings suggest that while agile methods in a GVT context are realizable, adjustments have to be made to allow for the distributed team structure and project type.
Project management , Agile methods , Agile project management , Global virtual teams
Kiely, G; Kiely, J. and Nolan, C. (2017) 'Scaling Agile Methods to Process Improvement Projects: A Global Virtual Team Case Study', AMCIS 2017: 23rd Americas Conference on Information Systems, 10-12 August, Boston, United States. isbn: 978-0-9966831-4-2
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