Scaling Scrum in a Large Distributed Project

  • Paasivaara M
  • Lassenius C
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This paper presents a currently ongoing single case study on adopting and scaling Scrum in a large software development project distributed across four sites. The data was gathered by 19 semi-structured interviews of project personnel, including managers, architects, developers and testers. At the time of the interviews the project had grown in size during the past 2,5 years from two collocated Scrum teams to 20 teams located in four countries and employing over 170 persons. In this paper we first describe our research approach and goals. Then we briefly summarize the preliminary results of this ongoing study: we explain how Scrum practices were scaled, as well as discuss the successes and challenges experienced when adopting the agile practices and scaling them, while at the same time growing the project size at a fast pace. Even though this project has been very successful from the business point of view, it has experienced a lot of problems in applying Scrum, especially related to scaling the agile practices. Thus, it seems that adapting Scrum practices to work well in a large distributed setting is challenging.

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  • Maria Paasivaara

  • Casper Lassenius

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