Leadership in agile software development methods

Claudio León de la Barra, Sergio Galdames, Broderick Crawford, Ricardo Soto, Kathleen Crawford

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There is a common agreement that Leadership is represented by two main ideas: direction and influence. The first related to the knowledge of where the organization should be oriented and the second with the capacity to mobilize others towards that direction. Recent research has rejected these assumptions, stating emphatically that the power of organizations and teams are not in these mythical figures (as the super leader), but in the knowledge shared by all its members. Thus, finding the right direction and success on the path undertaken shall not rest in the hands of one person, but in the capabilities of the entire group. This paper analyses how this approach to leadership can be observed in software development teams, specifically through agilists methods (Extreme Programming).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI International 2015 - Posters Extended Abstracts - International Conference, HCI International 2015, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783319213828
StatePublished - 2015
Event17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 2 Aug 20157 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles


  • Distributed leadership
  • Extreme programming
  • Leadership
  • Software development


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