Is Scrum fit for global software engineering?

Pernille Lous, Marco Kuhrmann, Paolo Tell

Research output: Conference Article in Proceeding or Book/Report chapterArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review


Distributed software engineering and agility are strongly pushing on today's software industry. Due to inherent incompatibilities, for years, studying Scrum and its application in distributed setups has been subject to theoretical and applied research, and an increasing body of knowledge reports insights into this combination. Through a systematic literature review, this paper contributes a collection of experiences on the application of Scrum to global software engineering (GSE). In total, we identified 40 challenges in 19 categories practitioners face when using Scrum in GSE. Among the challenges, scaling Scrum to GSE and adopting practices accordingly are the most frequently named. Our findings also show that most solution proposals aim at modifying elements of the Scrum core processes. We thus conclude that, even though Scrum allows for extensive modification, Scrum itself represents a barrier for global software engineering, and development teams have to customize Scrum properly to benefit from agile software development in GSE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Software Engineering (ICGSE), 2017 IEEE 12th International Conference on
Publication date2017
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-1587-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Dive into the research topics of 'Is Scrum fit for global software engineering?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this