From agile software development to mercury business

Janne Järvinen, Tua Huomo, Tommi Mikkonen, Pasi Tyrväinen

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The rapid downfall of the Nokia software ecosystem has radically altered the landscape of software industry in Finland in recent years. There has been a shift from largely corporate driven way of working, which is often dominant in large companies, to more agile practices, and in general software organizations are seeking new, leaner ways of composing, delivering, and using software also inside already established companies. To accelerate this transformation in large scale, a collaborative research program has been created, called Need for Speed (N4S). In this paper, we give an insight to the joint goals and concrete actions of the program and discuss the motivations of individual companies that are participating in the program. As one concrete goal of the project, we introduce the concept of Mercury business, where the principles of the Lean startup framework are applied in a more conventional industrial setting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware Business
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Continuous Value Delivery
ISBN (Print)978-331908737-5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event5th International Conference on Software Business, ICSOB 2014 - Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: 16 Jun 201418 Jun 2014

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing


Conference5th International Conference on Software Business, ICSOB 2014
Abbreviated titleICSOB 2014


  • real-time value delivery
  • deep customer insight
  • lean startup
  • elastic enterprise
  • mercury business

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