Agile cultural challenges in Europe and Asia: Insights from practitioners

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Abstract

The challenges of adopting agile software development methods vary from one context to another. This work investigates how the European and Asian cultural backgrounds may impact agile practices adoption. The focus is on three countries: Belgium, Malaysia and Singapore. We gathered data about practices, challenges and impediments encountered by software development teams from interviews of 19 practitioners and two agile software development events (discussion groups). The results of the analysis are prioritized and discussed using the Hofstede Model for national cultures comparison. The identified hypotheses can serve as a guidance for contextual agile practices improvement. The results need to be considered carefully since more empirical data are required to confirm the practitioners' opinion. In fact, studying socio-cultural differences is sensitive. Yet such information may be valuable for onshore teams (culturally homogeneous) as well as teams working on globally distributed projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationSoftware Engineering in Practice Track, ICSE-SEIP 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages153-162
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538627174
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017
Event39th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice Track, ICSE-SEIP 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 20 May 201728 May 2017

Conference

Conference39th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice Track, ICSE-SEIP 2017
CountryArgentina
CityBuenos Aires
Period20/05/1728/05/17

Keywords

  • Agile Software Development
  • Challenges
  • Cultural Differences
  • Process Improvement

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    Guiding Agile Methods Customization: the AMQuICk Framework

    Author: Ayed, H., 5 Oct 2018

    Supervisor: Habra, N. (Supervisor), Englebert, V. (President), Cleve, A. (Jury), Vanderose, B. (Jury), Jureta, I. (Jury), Poels, G. (External person) (Jury) & Snoeck, M. (Jury)

    Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Sciences

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    Ayed, H., Vanderose, B., & Habra, N. (2017). Agile cultural challenges in Europe and Asia: Insights from practitioners. In Proceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice Track, ICSE-SEIP 2017 (pp. 153-162). [7965439] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE-SEIP.2017.33