An investigation of agility issues in scrum teams using agility indicators

Minna Pikkarainen, Xiaofeng Wang

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    Abstract

    Agile software development methods have emerged and become increasingly popular in recent years; yet the issues encountered by software development teams that strive to achieve agility using agile methods are yet to be explored systematically. Built upon a previous study that has established a set of indicators of agility, this study investigates what issues are manifested in software development teams using agile methods. It is focussed on Scrum teams particularly. In other words, the goal of the chapter is to evaluate Scrum teams using agility indicators and therefore to further validate previously presented agility indicators within the additional cases. A multiple case study research method is employed. The findings of the study reveal that the teams using Scrum do not necessarily achieve agility in terms of team autonomy, sharing, stability and embraced uncertainty. The possible reasons include previous organizational plan-driven culture, resistance towards the Scrum roles and changing resources.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInformation Systems Development
    Subtitle of host publicationAsian Experiences
    Pages449-459
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event18th International Conference on Information Systems Development, ISD 2009 - Nanchang, China
    Duration: 16 Sep 200919 Sep 2009

    Conference

    Conference18th International Conference on Information Systems Development, ISD 2009
    Country/TerritoryChina
    CityNanchang
    Period16/09/0919/09/09

    Keywords

    • Agile software development
    • Agility indicator
    • Autonomous team
    • Context sharing
    • Scrum
    • Stability
    • Uncertainty

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