Self-adaptability of agile software processes: a case study on post-iteration workshops

Outi Salo, Kari Kolehmainen, Pekka Kyllönen, Jani Löthman, Sanna Salmijärvi, Pekka Abrahamsson

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    Abstract

    None of the agile methods are claimed to fit all development situations. A team should attempt to adapt the methods and practices to fit their specific needs. For that reason agile principles call for self-reflection on a regular basis in order to identify where and how to make improvements. While some systematic approaches on how to execute this self-reflection process effectively have already been proposed, little empirical evidence currently exists. This paper reports empirical results based on a study where a project team conducted a self-reflection process called "post-iteration workshop" in order to improve and optimize the adopted practices in an XP project. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected from four 1-2 hour workshops. The results show that with less than 4% effort it is possible to hold post-iteration workshops that significantly help to improve and optimize practices and enhance the learning and satisfaction of the project team.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationExtreme Programming and Agile Processes in Software Engineering
    Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, XP 2004
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages184-193
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-24853-8
    ISBN (Print)3-540-22137-9, 978-3-540-22137-1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event5th International Conference on Extreme Programming and Agile Processes in Software Engineering, XP 2004 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
    Duration: 5 Apr 20048 Apr 2004
    Conference number: 5

    Publication series

    SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
    Volume3092
    ISSN0302-9743

    Conference

    Conference5th International Conference on Extreme Programming and Agile Processes in Software Engineering, XP 2004
    Abbreviated titleXP 2004
    CountryGermany
    CityGarmisch-Partenkirchen
    Period5/04/048/04/04

    Keywords

    • agile software development
    • SPI
    • software process improvement

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