A New Approach for Distributed Software Engineering Teams Based on Kanban Method for Reducing Dependency
2Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt, Department of Information Systems, Cairo, Egypt.
3Helwan University, Information Systems Department, Helwan, Egypt.
Abstract—In today's globalization with the shift towards Agility. Agile practices highly evaluates communication to achieve improvement in the software development process and among development team members. Stable communication can be difficult and a challenge in distributed agile environment. Pointless communications and actions in software development projects do not decrease work in progress and may cause failure. Getting rid of such a waste leads to a continuous flow process improvement, decreasing team dependency. This is astudy of a distributed Kanban, for web portal as a proposed solution for mitigating the communication challenges encountered in such environment. The declared benefits of Kanban have gained. significant importance as an agile project management method in the software development industry. Kanban approach helps managing and measuring the flow of work across developing teams. Results show that Kanban has a positive effect, leading the team to communicate together when it is needed. Compared to the previously used Scrum method by the sample teams, the use of Kanban causes dependency reduction for the distributed team by 27%, keeping the pace of the development harmonized across the whole team and improving maturity. This led to 98.9 of a done status for user stories, and 30% customer satisfaction increase.
Index Terms—Kanban, agile, software development, communication, dependency; software engineering.
Cite: Maha Khaled Yacoub, Mostafa Abdel Athim Mostafa, Ahmed Bahaa Farid, "A New Approach for Distributed Software Engineering Teams Based on Kanban Method for Reducing Dependency," Journal of Software vol. 11, no. 12, pp. 1231-1241, 2016.
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