Factors affecting distributed agile projects: a systematic review

Santiago Matalonga, Martín Solari, Gerardo Matturro

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In the last decade we have witnessed a growth in outsourcing and outshoring development. Following the promise of reducing costs and round-the-clock development, software organizations have grown from local to global enterprises. In the same decade, agile software development methodologies have emerged as a viable alternative to produce software. There is a myriad of agile processes and methodologies now available for any software development organization to choose from. These agile processes follow the values signed in the Agile Manifesto that preaches the exaltation of the individual programmer, high feedback, customer interaction and just enough planning and documentation. But how does global distribution affect these values? Can agile software development be implemented under the global software development context? This paper presents a systematic literature review aimed at identifying factors that affect the adoption of agile factors in global distributed teams. Our findings show that the literature is still in its initial case study publication stage. But most notably, we have found that only a few of the factors found are related to the agile values. Even though more research is clearly needed, this can be a signal that the factors affecting team distribution has more impact on software development than the values and practices preached by the agile processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1289-1301
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
Issue number09
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • agile software development
  • distributed software development
  • systematic literature review


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