Understanding the Importance of Trust in Distributed Agile Projects: A Practical Perspective

(Short research paper, 15 min)

Author(s): Siva Dorairaj, James Noble and Petra Malik (Victoria University of Wellington)
Session: Collaboration
Session chair: Xiaofeng Wang (Lero)
Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 10:30-12:00
Agile methods rely on face-to-face communication but are being used in distributed projects. We have conducted grounded theory research with Agile practitioners to collate the strategies they use to overcome the challenges in distributed projects. In this paper, we argue that trust is one of the key factors in determining the success or failure of distributed Agile projects, and describe how trust can be generated and sustained by increasing effective communication and understanding cultural differences.

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