Friday 3rd Feb 2012 – Dr Julian Bass

Dr Julain Bass – School of Computing, Robert Gordon University

Influences on Agile Practice Tailoring in Enterprise Software Development

Distributed agile development projects have become a reality in large enterprises using offshore development models. Agile practices are tailored to fit in with the organisational contexts of large enterprises. A case study involving nineteen practitioners from seven international companies was conducted. The practitioners representing a range of roles, included programme directors, each responsible for several projects, and team members based in Bangalore, India, and London, UK. The findings show that Scrum roles and practices were used to improve product quality and team productivity. The short increments, scrum master role and self organising team were found to be empowering and improve morale. However, agile practices from the XP tradition were not so widely adopted. Test driven development did not integrate well within enterprises where independent quality assurance teams were mandated and constituted as independent departments. Collective code ownership and coding standards were being used in geographically distributed software development teams prior to agile practice adoption.

School of Computing, Robert Gordon University, St Andrew Street, Aberdeen, Lecture Room C48, 14:15 – 15:15.

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