Agile Team Measurement to Review the Performance in Global Software Development

Agile Team Measurement to Review the Performance in Global Software Development

Chamundeswari Arumugam (SSN College of Engineering, India) and Srinivasan Vaidyanathan (Cognizant Technology Solutions, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9659-2.ch005

Abstract

This chapter is aimed at studying the key performance indicators of team members working in an agile project environment and in an extreme programming software development. Practitioners from six different XP projects were selected to respond to the survey measuring the performance indicators, namely, escaped defects, team member's velocity, deliverables, and extra efforts. The chapter presents a comparative view of Scrum and XP, the two renowned agile methods with their processes, methodologies, development cycles, and artifacts, while assessing the base performance indicators in XP setup. These indicators are key to any agile project in a global software development environment. The observed performance indicators were compared against the gold standard industry benchmarks along with best, average, and worst-case scenarios. Practitioners from six agile XP projects were asked to participate in the survey. Observed results best serve the practitioners to take necessary course corrections to stay in the best-case scenarios of their respective projects.
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Background

Diane et al. (2012) proved agile model increases co-ordination effectiveness. Meghann et al. (2012) worked on decision making principles in agile software development. Emily et al. (2013) investigated the team performance using the team factors. Fabian et al. (2014) suggested few factors to improve the developer's performance. Mikko et al. (2014) identified five communication wastes in global agile projects and how to mitigate them to increase development. Srikrishnan et al. (2014) highlighted the risk culture and practice in agile software development. Ashay et al. (2014) worked on the virtual team member contribution towards global projects. Georgieos et al. (2015) observation states agile improves employee and customer satisfaction.

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