Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examining Tuckman's Team Theory in Non-collocated Software Development Teams Utilizing Collocated Software Development Methodologies
by Crunk, John, Ph.D., Capella University, 2018, 126; 10929105
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative, multi-case study was to explain Tuckman’s attributes within software development when using a collocated software designed methodology in a non-collocated setting. Agile is a software development methodology that is intended for use in a collocated setting; however, organizations are using it in a non-collocated setting, which is increasing the software errors in the final software product. The New Agile Process for Distributed Projects (NAPDiP) was developed to fix these software errors that arise when using Agile in a non-collocated setting but have not been effective. This research utilized Tuckman's team theory to explore the disparity related to why these errors still occur. The research question asked is how software development programmers explain Tuckman's attributes (i.e., forming, storming, norming, performing) on software development projects. The study adopted a qualitative model using nomothetic major and minor themes in the exploration of shared expressions of sentiments from participants. The study’s population came from seven participants located in the United States and India who met the requirement of using the Agile development methodology and work for organizations on teams with a size of at least thirty individuals from various organizations. A total of seven participants reached saturation in this multi-case study supporting the research question explored. The findings of the research demonstrated that development teams do not meet all stages and attributes of Tuckman’s team development. Future research should explore additional ways that software development teams satisfy a more significant number of Tuckman’s team development stages.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Steven
Commitee: Braxton-Lieber, Sherri, Teneyuca, David
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business and Technology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Information Technology, Information science, Computer science
Keywords: Agile, Methodology, Non-colocated, Software, Teams
Publication Number: 10929105
ISBN: 978-0-438-30068-2
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