Bootstrapping Agile Software Development Projects in Outsourcing organizations
The use of software development methods has changed many times up history. Since the early 2000 the Agile methods have been dominating the arena and have been investigated in several aspects regarding failures, success and critical success factors.
When it comes to Enterprise Software development, outsourcing plays a major part. It has become almost a norm in the world during last fifteen years. Research show that, during last few years outsourcing software development organizations have made a tremendous effort to gain advantage of agile methods and practices.
Most the software outsourcing organizations today carryout various projects in cross-cultural, cross regional and cross-company context. The practitioners argue that use of one agile process or template across projects does not work in such organizations. Still, due to scaling, training and other business and operational requirements of outsourcing companies, we see that there is a trend of bootstrapping agile projects in such organizations.
We will in this paper share our findings from investigating cross-cultural, cross-regional and cross-company projects in terms of critical success factors for bootstrapping agile projects in outsourcing companies. We will discuss the success and failures of bootstrapping agile projects in this context. Through quantitative data gathered from projects conducted, combined with qualitative data from interviews with developers and key staff from project management, we shed light on an less emphasized, but highly crucial, part of agile project management.