This paper examines whether the linear decision-making process is used in the context of agile project teams using scrum practices and to identify factors that negatively influence the linear decision-making process during the sprint planning and daily scrum meetings. We conducted 34 interviews and 18 observations across four agile project teams. Our findings show that a linear decision-making process is not always followed in these two meetings and that a number of factors can negatively influence the linear decision-making process. As these teams work to short, tight deadlines and need to make informed decisions quickly in order to meet short-term goals, these factors can negatively impact on the team and result in sprint failure or reduced effort by team members. This research contributes to the decision-making literature and project management literature by highlighting difficulties applicable to decision-making in an agile environment.
Drury, Meghann and McHugh, Orla, "Factors that Influence the Decision-Making Process in Agile Project Teams Using Scrum Practices" (2011). International Research Workshop on IT Project Management 2011. 8.