Exploring the Emergence of Collaborative Practices in Globally Distributed Agile Software Development

Modi, S., Abbott, P. and Counsell, S. 2017. Exploring the Emergence of Collaborative Practices in Globally Distributed Agile Software Development. 23rd Americas Conferences on Information Systems (AMCIS 2017). Boston, USA 10 - 12 Aug 2017 Association for Information Systems.

TitleExploring the Emergence of Collaborative Practices in Globally Distributed Agile Software Development
AuthorsModi, S., Abbott, P. and Counsell, S.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

Abstract In light of increasing use of agile methods within globally distributed settings, having an appreciation of how collaborative practices and shared understandings are developed has become even more critical. This paper draws on the concepts of boundary objects and Pickering’s mangle of practice as combined critical lenses to examine emergent collaborative practices in such contexts. We investigated one longitudinal case within a global financial bank using semi-structured interviews and observations. Our relational analysis demonstrates that collaborative practices within globally distributed contexts tend not to develop from pre-set expectations of how agile practices should work or from pre-set distributed agile processes, but are temporally emergent. Team members have to adapt agile methods through an on-going process of mutual “tuning” within their situated contexts in order to attain temporary stable periods of effective communication and coordination. The study concludes by proposing a conceptual framework, which could be applied in similar settings.

Year2017
Conference23rd Americas Conferences on Information Systems (AMCIS 2017)
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Publication dates
Published17 May 2017
ISBN9780996683142
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttp://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2017/SystemsAnalysis/Presentations/8/
Web address (URL)http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2017/SystemsAnalysis/Presentations/8/

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