Communication patterns and team performance within agile software development project

Saieshni Thanthony, Annlizé Marnewick, Carl Marnewick

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Communication is a prerequisite for team performance. Even with strong evidence that communication plays a vital role in enabling team performance, there continues to be a lack of agreement as to precisely how. This paper reviews the literature regarding this topic to determine communication and team performance patterns. The insights regarding the patterns were then validated by agile software development (ASD) academics and practitioners using a quantitative survey. Certain previously known communication and team performance patterns were rejected but most patterns were found to be an accurate description of the ASD team dynamic. A summary of the deductions is presented in the form of a rich description of the communication and team performance patterns. This exploratory research contributes to the body of knowledge that deals with the research topic. The research assists ASD researchers and practitioners with making improvements in team performance by understanding and modifying applicable team communication aspects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-146
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Agile Systems and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • ASD
  • agile
  • agile software development
  • agile software development teams
  • communication
  • communication patterns
  • team performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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