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Shared Socially Shared Regulation in Scrum Teams: an Exploratory Study that Develops and Tests Measurement Methods

Verduijn, Daniëlla (2018) Shared Socially Shared Regulation in Scrum Teams: an Exploratory Study that Develops and Tests Measurement Methods.

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Abstract:To determine if collaboration of self-directed teams is effective, measurement methods (i.e., strategies, or tools) are crucial. Although many studies emphasized the importance of (high extent) sharing of Socially Shared Regulation (SSR) for effective SSR, no studies attempted to provide an measurement method that determines the extent to which SSR is shared among team members. In our attempt to provide such an measurement method, the present study explored two measurement methods. The first method has a qualitative approach (focusing on ‘transactive communication’), and the second has a quantitative approach (focusing on ‘equal team member contributions’). To quantify the extents of sharedness of SSR, two operationalizations are utilized per method. The two measurement methods are tested on a series of coded videotaped meetings of self-directed teams that are guided by the Scrum Framework; an agile framework for software development. The sample included three teams that are employed at two Dutch software development organizations. Quantitative analysis of videotaped conversations indicated that the extents of sharedness of SSR are most successful determined by a combined measure of both methods; including one method with a qualitative approach that operationalizes the extents of sharedness of SSR based on the durations and frequencies of ‘high-level transactive communication’; an one method with a quantitative approach that operationalizes the extents of sharedness of SSR based on the frequencies of ‘equal team member contributions’. Analysis of the data revealed that high extents of sharedness of SSR are related to high extents of shared conclusion-drawing. Variations in the extents of sharedness of SSR are not found attributable to the type of Scrum meeting.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75785
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