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Conventions for Coordinating Large Agile Projects
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Agile Methods: Large-Scale Development, Refactoring, Testing, and Estimation / [ed] Dingsoyr, T; Moe, NB; Tonelli, R; Counsell, S; Gencel, C; Petersen, K, Springer, 2014, 58-72 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is no universal way to coordinate Agile teams in large development projects because they have unique challenges. This suggests that the best way to coordinate the teams is to ask them how they want to be managed given a set of constraints. This requires particular communication and negotiation skills in the leadership team, which we discuss in this article. We describe the skills as a set of conventions, founded on the argument that every organization is a complex adaptive system and should therefore be analyzed from multiple system perspectives. We investigate scientific models for managing complexity and evaluate their usefulness through qualitative interviews with 14 managers in large private and public organizations in Saudi Arabia. We conclude that a set of proposed conventions could facilitate coordination by functioning as a supportive context enabling managers to apply various system perspectives simultaneously.

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Springer, 2014. 58-72 p.
, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, ISSN 1865-1348 ; 199
Keyword [en]
Software engineering, Management, Systems thinking, Complexity
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Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110961DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-14358-3_6ISI: 000357375600006ISBN: 978-3-319-14358-3ISBN: 978-3-319-14357-6OAI: diva2:773735
15th International Conference on Agile Software Development (XP), Rome, Italy, May 26-30, 2014
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2015-08-03Bibliographically approved

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