Scrum in a multiproject environment: An ethnographically-inspired case study on the adoption challenges

Artem Marchenko, Pekka Abrahamsson

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Agile methods continue to gain popularity. In particular, the Scrum method appears to be on the verge of becoming a de-facto standard in the industry, leading the so called Agile movement. While there are success stories and recommendations, there is little scientifically valid evidence of the challenges in the adoption of Agile methods in general, and Scrum in particular. Little, if anything, is empirically known about the application and adoption of Scrum in a multi-team and multi-project situation. The authors carried out an ethnographically informed longitudinal case study in industrial settings and closely followed how the Scrum method was adopted in a 20-person department, working in a simultaneous multi-project R&D environment. Altogether 10 challenges pertinent to the case of multi-team multi-project Scrum adoption were identified in the study. The authors contend that these results carry great relevance for other industrial teams. Future research avenues arising from the study are indicated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgile 2008 Conference
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3321-6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAgile 2008 Conference - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 4 Aug 20088 Aug 2008


ConferenceAgile 2008 Conference


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