Getting agile methods to work for Cordys global software product development

Jos van Hillegersberg, Gerwin Ligtenberg, Mehmet N. Aydin

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Getting agile methods to work in global software development is a potentially rewarding but challenging task. Agile methods are relatively young and still maturing. The application to globally distributed projects is in its early stages. Various guidelines on how to apply and sometimes adapt agile methods have been proposed. However, systematic literature reviews reveal that detailed evaluative studies are scarce and limited to small and medium sized projects. This study presents a framework that integrates best practices of adapting and applying agile methods reported in the literature. The framework is applied to analyze the experiences of global software product development company Cordys in a seven year longitudinal case study. Both the framework and the experiences of Cordys documented in this paper will be of value to other larger projects that aim to be successful in applying agile in globally distributed projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Studies in Global IT and Business Service Outsourcing
Subtitle of host publication5th Global Scourcing Workshop 2011, Courchevel, France, March 14-17, 2011, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJ. Kotlarsky, L.P. Willcocks, I. Oshri
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-24815-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-24814-6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2011
Event5th Global Sourcing Workshop 2011: New Studies in Global IT and Business Service Outsourcing - Courchevel, France
Duration: 14 Mar 201117 Mar 2011
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


Conference5th Global Sourcing Workshop 2011


  • Offshoring
  • XP
  • Scrum
  • Globally distributed software engineering
  • Global teams
  • Global software development
  • Agile methods

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