Agile Documents: Toward Successful Creation of Effective Documentation

(Short research paper, 15 min)

Author(s): Mazni Omar (Universiti Utara Malaysia), Sharifah Lailee Syed Abdullah (Universiti Teknologi MARA) and Azman Yasin (Universiti Utara Malaysia)
Session: Adoption
Session chair: Lars Arne Skår (Miles)
Date: Thursday, 3 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 15:30-17:00
This paper presents the initial findings from an action research study in applying Extreme Programming (XP) activities and generating agile documents. The study was carried out in a university computer centre in Malaysia. Data were collected from four software engineering (SE) teams in this centre. Simple and practical agile documents were successfully created during the software project and received positive feedbacks amongst team members and the centre management. The results of this study suggest that a right combination of personality types in a team can influence team performance. These findings offer valuable insights into aspects related to agile approach and documentation that can be explored and understood to suit an organizational culture and team personality types.

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