To read about some of the organisations we visited, see our blog
We have been visiting organisations around the world that are using Scrum and other Agile methods.
Our aim is to study whether cultural types impacts how Agile is adopted. We are working in association with Dr Douglas Robinson of Université Paris Este Marne La Valee (LISIS) and University College London (UCL).
We are conditioned culturally from an early age, each of us developing a set of values and behaviours that differ from those in other parts of the world. Richard D Lewis, in his book, “When Cultures Collide: Leading Across Cultures” develops The Lewis Model where he defines three main cultural categories, “linear-active”, “multi-active” and “reactive”. For each category he describes general values and behaviours exhibited by different nationalities to varying degrees.
The Manifesto for Agile Software Development comprises a set of four values. Scrum has its own set of values; commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect. Our study aims to look at the impact that the Lewis cultural types have on adopting Agile ways of working on software development teams around the world, whether teams in different cultures fulfil the values and behaviour as envisaged by Agile values or if stereotypical embedded cultural beliefs and values prevail.
If you are interested in being part of our study