From exotic to mainstream: A 10-year odyssey from Internet speed to boundary spanning with Scrum

(Invited talk, 30 min) [ Slides ]

Author(s): Richard Baskerville (Georgia State University), Jan Pries-Heje (Roskilde University) and Sabine Madsen (Roskilde University)
Session: Foundations of Agile
Session chair: Letizia Jaccheri (NTNU)
Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 10:30-12:00
Based on four empirical studies conducted over a 10-year time period from 1999 to 2008 we investigate how local software processes interact with global changes in the software development context. In 1999 companies were developing software at high speed in a desperate rush to be first-to-market. In 2001 a new high speed/quick results development process had become established practice. In 2003 changes in the market created the need for a more balanced view on speed and quality, and in 2008 companies were successfully combining agile and plan driven approaches to achieve the benefits of both. The studies reveal a two-stage pattern in which dramatic changes in the market causes disruption of established prac-tices, experimentation, and process adaptations followed by consolidation of les-sons learnt into a new (and once again mature) software development process. Limitations, implications, and areas for future research are discussed.

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