Less Distress with a Scrum Mistress? On the Impact of Females in Agile Software Development Teams

Creators: Weilemann, Erica and Brune, Philipp
Title: Less Distress with a Scrum Mistress? On the Impact of Females in Agile Software Development Teams
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Event Title: (Proceedings of the) 24th Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC)
Event Location: Adelaide, Australia
Event Dates: September 28 - October 1, 2015
Page Range: 3–7
Date: 2015
Divisions: Informationsmanagement
Abstract: Since the appearance of the agile development approach, more emphasis was put on human factors in software development. "The agile approach reflects the notion that development environments should support communication and information sharing". This perfectly fits to the women's management style which "is centered on communication and building positive relationships". In agile teams this female management style seems to perfectly fit for the role and tasks of a Scrum master who is responsible for a "working Scrum" which entails to ensure good communication and good teamwork. We argue in favor of this hypothesis by presenting results of an exploratory qualitative study of a students' software project. Our results show that the female management style in fact perfectly matches the role of a Scrum master. The female management style promotes team spirit and a constructive, communicative working atmosphere.
Citation:

Weilemann, Erica and Brune, Philipp (2015) Less Distress with a Scrum Mistress? On the Impact of Females in Agile Software Development Teams. In: (Proceedings of the) 24th Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC), September 28 - October 1, 2015, Adelaide, Australia, 3–7. ISBN 9781450337960

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