• Farhad Anwar Nabizada
There is much literature on the obstacles caused by cultural differences in global software development projects, but limited insight on how such differences affect the collaboration between Denmark and India. Researchers have found that strong hierarchical nations such as India, have a history of fostering behavior that is in contrast with good Scrum. I sought to deepen this understanding through a literature study as well as case study. The case study was limited to the duration of one semester, observing three Scrum teams where Indian engineers (employed by 7N, India) work together with Bankdata (Denmark) on agile software development projects. The literature study focused on the interplay between culture, agility, innovation, creativity, and socio-cultural collaboration. The work was limited to focus on the role of culture, investigating how cultural barriers affect the effectiveness of agile practices. The first research question was used to investigate the role of culture in agile context, understanding how culture sets the foundation for a healthy trans-national collaboration, and how culture can be used to foster creativity. Findings from this study suggests Scandinavian firms must develop strong and transparent organizational cultures that support the onboarding and socializing of Indian employees. With a strong and empowering organizational culture, firms are able to stimulate behavioral changes so that Indian engineers behave according to the firms’ values and needs, and to the three pillars of empiricism that characterizes good Scrum (adaptation, inspection, and transparency). I found that Bankdata has mitigated many cultural challenges already, but that there are still cultural barriers rooted into the way individuals from strong hierarchical cultures think. These cultural barriers are in contrast with good Scrum and cannot just be changed overnight, leaving Bankdata as well as many other European firms prone to obstacles they know exist, but cannot mitigate.
Publication date24 Jan 2022
Number of pages87
External collaboratorBankdata
No Name vbn@aub.aau.dk
ID: 459881908