Adopting Agile Across Borders

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Adopting Agile Across Borders

A guide to navigating cultural complexity in Agile teams and organizations

Adopting Agile Across Borders by Glaudia Califano and David Spinks, published by Apress is available from the Apress website as well as at all good retailers.

The book is based on field research carried out by Glaudia and David, and features contributions from agilists all over the world sharing their experiences, stories and tips!


People are conditioned culturally from an early age, with each of us developing a set of values and behaviors that differ from those in other parts of the world. When adopting Agile, do cultural behaviors and values prevail, or is there a universal “Agile culture”? How have people from different cultures adopted Agile to suit them? Are some cultures naturally more suited to adopting Agile than others? Adopting Agile Across Borders answers all of that and more.

Teams in all industries are more globally distributed and diverse than ever. Authors Glaudia Califano and David Spinks reveal how people across the world have embraced Agile values alongside their own cultural values, and what this means for the adoption of Agile. In Adopting Agile Across Borders, a rich array of experiences are shared through real-life stories told by members of the global Agile community.

Whether you are an Agile practitioner, a product manager, HR personnel, or simply someone interested in leading people more effectively, this book provides essential teamwork insights across the board. Califano and Spinks showcase case studies from around the world to address the opportunities provided by ever greater mobility and advances in technology. Adopting Agile Across Borders is here to ready you for a diverse, more connected future.

What You Will Learn
  • Gain an awareness and understanding of different cultural types, behaviours, and communication styles
  • See how diversity spans a much wider set of factors than nationality, race, and gender
  • Discover how multi-cultural Agile teams can reach high-performing states by acknowledging their diversity and finding ways to better integrate with one another
Who This Book Is For
Agile practitioners, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, Product Owners, team members, product managers, and anyone responsible for, or interested in, leading people.
All Royalties Are Going To Good Causes 
The book could never have done without the help from Agile Practitioners around the world who contributed to the book with their own personal stories. Glaudia and David felt that it is only right that they do not individually profit from the book. As a community, a commitment was made that all royalties would be donated to good causes.

Girls Who Code, whose mission is ‘to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does’, and The Nature Conservancy, who aim to ‘find paths to solve climate change and biodiversity loss’ are the two organisations that donations have been made to.


This is a great read. The layout is similar to a travel book with a real look at cultural differences which can impact both negatively and positively on teams. For this book, it is a style that works and complements the content.

David and Glaudia have certainly gone the extra mile in both travelling to different countries and companies to get first hand experience and, gaining valuable contributions from professionals in the industry. It’s not a small subject but the content is presented in a way that it is easy to digest but brings to the forefront, some of the most important cultural differences that we should all be aware of as having more awareness and acknowledging of some of these differences is key to a successful distributed team.

Being a big travel fan, an advocate of all things agile and likes a good read, this ticks all my boxes.

– Caroline W.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I was recommended to read Adopting Agile Across Borders but it really is a book of Gems. From hearing first hand about the diverse experiences learnt from Glaudia and David as they travelled the world and visited multiple companies, key takeaways, what teamwork really is, key insights and personal contributions from professionals. Not to mention some great imagery, real images taken by the Authors and some great illustrations. Reading through this book really opened my eyes to true diversity in an exciting insightful way, with a focus on Cultural values as well as Agile values.

I work as part of a team this was and is definitely well worth a read and something I can reference over and over again

– Natasha

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