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Research on Agile Teamwork Effectiveness by Chaehan So, Ph. D.

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Research on Agile Teamwork Effectiveness by Chaehan So Ph. D.
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Agile Teamwork Effectiveness:

How can Agile Practices lead to Project Success through Teamwork Mechanisms?

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Published Paper:

a derivate journal of Lecture Notes Computer Science (LNCS) by Springer.

Instruction for Agile Teams to participate in this Field Study

Send the completed [Participants List] Icon Excel to with email addresses of:

the technical project manager/scrum master, 3+ technical team members, the customer (if possible) for each team.

Thank you!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What's in it for you?
  1. You get a short scientific personality profile according to the "Big 5" of Personality Traits.
  2. You get a summary of descriptive statistical data as soon as 60 teams have participated.
  3. You will receive a consulting report (free of charge) of the research results in spring 2009. This report will contain first results of analysis about:
    1. comparison of teamwork mechanisms' relevance
    2. comparison of agile practices' effectivity
  4. Participating companies are enlisted (in consent) as research cooperation partners of Humboldt University Berlin.
When does the study take place?

The study is still in need for more teams!

Participating companies are allocated a time slot (1 week) in which the questionnaire can be filled out, depending on their time availability and order of registration. This time restriction is due to SLA and server performance.


Who participates?

The survey is filled out by complete teams, comprised of:

Four technical team members (including the technical project manager or equivalent supervisor, e.g. SCRUM master)
plus the customer representative.

(The survey can be filled out by more than 4 team members, but this would not change that each team counts only as one unit.)

How do you participate?

Each particpant fills out an online questionnaire which takes appr. 25 min. Participants receive a link to this survey in an email. No further effort is required.

What about data privacy?

The data collected will be analyzed without any personal information. The results will not be traceable to individual companies, teams, persons. The questionnaire tool transmits over Secure Socket Layer (SSL).

In a nutshell, why is this research relevant?

In general, there are extemely few quantitative studies on teamwork as a decomposition of separable effects - most studies have either analyzed specific aspects of teamwork, (e.g. team cohesion, goal commitment, social support), or have operationalized teamwork as a single, heterogeneous construct. --> This research aims at disentangling teamwork into several independent causal mechanisms toward project performance.

In research of agile software development, although a number of studies on social aspects have emerged in recent years, these have been exclusively qualitative. --> This research aims to verify the qualitative findings of agile research by a quantitative approach.

Furthermore, these studies on social aspects have mostly focused on a single agile practice. --> This research analyzes over 8 agile practices in order to compare effects between a large set of common agile practices.

Research Abstract:

The current study uses an organizational psychology lens to gain a fundamental understanding of how Agile Practices influence socio-psychological mechanisms leading to more effective projects.

The theoretical framework of this study is based on a causal model of teamwork derived from innovation research (Scholl, 2005). We will investigate the impact of Agile Practices on these constructs through well researched teamwork variables such as goal commitment and social support, and  by the new constructs adaptivity and open communication. We will then determine the impact of these constructs on project performance. In addition, we will analyze the moderating effect of team autonomy

on the relationship between coordination capability and project performance.


logo_hu_survey55 Teams (227 people) participated [31 Jan 09]

Research Cooperation Partners
of Humboldt University Berlin:


 # Teams

 Logo Allianz GmbH
 Logo Allianz
Allianz SE
 Logo FAST
FAST Search
 Logo Code71
Code71, Inc.
Agfa Healthcare, Austria,Belgium,Germany
 Logo Namics
Namics AG
 Logo Accenture Accenture GmbH
 Logo Immobilienscout24 ImmobilienScout24 GmbH
 Logo Avid Avid Development GmbH
 Logo Orange Business Services Orange Business Services, France
 Sapient GmbH Sapient GmbH
 Sapient GmbH Steria Mummert ISS GmbH
 Sapient GmbH