Introducing Agile Methods in a Large Software Development Team: The Developers Changing Perspective

(Short research paper, 15 min) [ Slides ]

Author(s): Mary Giblin ( Athlone Institute of Technology), Padraig Brennan (Ericsson) and Chris Exton (University of Limerick)
Session: Adoption
Session chair: Lars Arne Skår (Miles)
Date: Thursday, 3 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 15:30-17:00
NW Soft Solutions Ltd. (a pseudonym) is a large software development unit that develops large-scale network centric software solutions. NW Soft Solutions Ltd decided to adopt an agile development methodology. Martin Fowler in his article “The New Methodology” [1], states that in his opinion “Since agile methods are so fundamentally people-oriented, it's essential that you start with a team that wants to try and work in an agile way”. Using NW Soft Solutions as a case study, this paper sets out to show how the developers attitudes towards agile methods change during the adoption phase. We see a shift in focus from agile practices at a superficial level to the core values that underpin agile methods.

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