Social and Communication Challenges for Agile Software Teams

Gregory, Peggy orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7891-6666 and Taylor, Katie Jane orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4840-9991 (2013) Social and Communication Challenges for Agile Software Teams. In: ETHICOMP 2013: The possiblities of ethical ICT, 12-14 June 2013, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark.

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Agile methods are being widely used in industry and government projects as a way of delivering IT software projects. We report results from a survey about agile team work and a follow-up interview study. Themes emerging from the interviews were team tension, method adaptation and cultural change. We discuss the implications of practitioners’ experiences and views, and highlight some of the social and ethical challenges for IT developers working in organisations that adopt agile methods. We take as the focus of our work, a view that cultural shifts are essential to agile working, and that these require an intensive commitment from individuals, teams and organisations.

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