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Are we ready for Agile Development?
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Systems and Software Engineering.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
Är vi redo för Agil Utveckling? (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

In the rapidly changing market of today, companies need to be responsive and react quickly to changes in both their competitors’ behaviour but also to changes in their own technical environment. In this thesis I have examined the agile characteristics of a number of companies in Stockholm, with focus on three agile concepts; Scrum, eXtreme Programming and Test Driven Development. The work started off by a prestudy, in which I have identified the criteria that a company needs to fulfil in order to be considered agile. This resulted in four main categories of characteristics; Quality, Flexibility, Communication and Competence. After doing the prestudy, these characteristics were investigated through a combination of a quantitative study and a case study. While the results mostly lean towards agile behaviour rather than non agile, it was shown that a lot of work still remains, for instance regarding improvements in the communications area, and also in the way these companies apply the agile methodologies examined.

Abstract [sv]

Inom dagens snabba marknad behöver företag kunna reagera snabbt och effektivt på förändringar i både sina konkurrenters beteende, men också på förändringar i sin egen tekniska miljö. I den här uppsatsen har jag undersökt de agila attributen hos ett antal företag i Stockholm, med fokus på tre agila koncept; Scrum, eXtreme Programming och Test Driven Development. Arbetet inleddes med en förstudie, där jag identifierade de kriterium ett företag behöver uppfylla för att kunna anses vara agilt. Detta resulterade i fyra kategorier av attribut; Kvalitet, Flexibilitet, Kommunikation och Kompetens. Efter förstudien undersöktes dessa attribut genom en kombination av en enkätstudie och en studie av ett enskilt företag. Resultaten lutar mestadels åt ett agilt beteende hos de undersökta företagen, men jag har också kunnat påvisa att mycket arbete återstår, exempelvis inom kommunikationsområdet, och även gällande hur de observerade företagen applicerar de tre undersökta agila koncepten.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 62 p.
Keyword [en]
Agile development, quality, flexibility, communication
National Category
Software Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-5994Local ID: diva2:833410
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2009-01-23 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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