A Multi-Criteria Model for Planning and Fine-Tuning Global Agile Software Development Projects

A Multi-Criteria Model for Planning and Fine-Tuning Global Agile Software Development Projects

Luis Henrique Almeida (CPQi IT Offshore Solutions, Brazil), Adriano Bessa Albuquerque (University of Fortaleza, Brazil) and Plácido Rogério Pinheiro (University of Fortaleza, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jksr.2012040101

Abstract

Inter-organizational Global Software Development (GSD) has become a common reality for many projects. It is well established that distance makes difficult to interact and to cooperate effectively. Scrum, a consolidated Agile methodology, emphasizes communication, reduces coordination and control overhead and has been increasingly used in a distributed fashion. Successfully planning and managing the combined use of GSD and Scrum is a complex task and requires carefully planning. Despite the importance and complexity of this type of problem, there seems to be a lack of reports, in the literature, of models that could support managers dealing with these decision contexts. This paper presents a multi-criteria decision model for planning and fine-tuning such project plans. This model was developed using cognitive mapping and MACBETH (Bana e Costa, Sanchez-Lopez, Vansnick, & De Corte, 2011). The application of the model is demonstrated, followed by conclusion and future work.
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2. Decision Setting

This section presents the context that motivated the structuring of the model. A real world intervention scenario is briefly described. Challenges faced by project managers planning Inter-organizational GSD projects with Scrum are listed.

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