Volume 13, Number 5

Effect of Sociability and Curiosity of Senior Developers in Building Agile Scrum Team Competency


Ravi Kalluri, Old Dominion University, USA


This paper aims to investigate the mechanisms that contribute to propagation of competence in an Agile Scrum team. This study seeks to challenge the traditional view of bounded rationality (BR). An Agile Scrum team (Team) is expected to build problem solving competence quickly as the expected ramp up time continues to shrink. But the team has a mixture of expertise, competence and sociability levels that affect out-of-the-box performance. The objective is to expand BR into the social realm and see how teams can self-organize and reconfigure to allow effective problem solving. Studies have shown that agent-based computational simulation is an appropriate technique to explore this point from a theoretical perspective. (Fioretti, 2013) (Secchi, 2015). The first step is to define the problem, discuss how senior team members exhibit high curiosity and apply sociability and cognitive resources to develop overall team competence. This dynamic is modeled and simulated in NetLogoR and the results are analyzed. Finally, some key findings are presented and discussed.


ABS, Agent Based Modeling, NetLogo, Teams, Agile, Scrum, Knowledge Management.