New directions on agile methods: a comparative analysis

Pekka Abrahamsson, Juhani Warsta, Mikko T. Siponen, Jussi Ronkainen

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    Agile software development methods have caught the attention of software engineers and researchers worldwide. Scientific research is yet scarce. This paper reports results from a study, which aims to organize, analyze and make sense out of the dispersed field of agile software development methods. The comparative analysis is performed using the method’s life-cycle coverage, project management support, type of practical guidance, fitness-for-use and empirical evidence as the analytical lenses. The results show that agile software development methods, without rationalization, cover certain/different phases of the software development life-cycle and most of them do not offer adequate support for project management. Yet, many methods still attempt to strive for universal solutions (as opposed to situation appropriate) and the empirical evidence is still very limited. Based on the results, new directions are suggested. In principal, it is suggested to place emphasis on methodological quality - not method quantity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings 25th International Conference on Software Engineering 2003
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    ISBN (Print)0-7695-1877-X
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event25th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2003 - Portland, United States
    Duration: 3 May 200310 May 2003
    Conference number: 25

    Publication series

    SeriesProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering


    Conference25th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2003
    Abbreviated titleICSE 2003
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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