• Orit Hazzan
  • Yael Dubinsky
Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)


In this chapter we address the concept of agility in a wider context. One topic on which we focus is globalization in terms of distributed teamsdistributed teams ; the second idea is the application of the agile approach for the managementmanagement of non-software projectsnon-software projects project . Agile software development has evolved significantly during the last decade. In parallel to this evolution, globalization in software development has also emerged, and software is developed in many cases by teams which are spread across geographical areas, cultures, and nationalities. This reality, called global software development, has advantages as well as disadvantages. The most obvious advantage is the business aspect of cost reduction; the most problematic issues are communication and team synchronization. In this chapter we briefly describe the notion of global software development and explain how some agile practices help cope with the challenges involved. Specifically, we will see that the agile approach encourages a transparent global software development process. thus increasing information flow and project visibility and assistings in solving communication and synchronization problems. Further, the tightness of agile processes simplifies software project management. We also examine in this chapter the notion of agility beyond the software world and discover its usefulness in such projects


Software Development Software Project Global Software Development Agile Development Agile Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Orit Hazzan
    • 1
  • Yael Dubinsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Education in Technology and Science TechnionIsrael Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science TechnionIsrael Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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