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A Study of Creativity and Innovation Support Within an Agile Context: Applied on a Scrum Team
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En Studie om Kreativitet- och Innovationsstöd i ett Agilt Sammanhang : Tillämpat på ett Scrum Team (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The objective of the master thesis was to extend and evaluate a management system to support creativity for an agile team, with the aim to secure innovation at Alten. The thesis was divided into a literature study and a case study. The literature study focused on determining internal innovation determinants and analysing the interplay between creativity, innovation and agility. The case study included multiple methods and had a quasi-experimental approach. The work was limited to software development and a time period of twenty weeks. Several shared success factors between creativity, innovation and agile principles emerged from the literature study. There were also discovered contradictions betweenthe three concepts. Guidelines were extracted from the literature and supported the design of the new dimension in the management system. The main part of the implementation of the management system was to evaluate the requirements in relation to the Scrum team. Two workshops were held, primarily to establish an action plan. The result showed that nine requirements were fulfilled by agile practices. The empirical findings strengthened ten success factors that were derived from research. Also, three new success factors emerged; diverse insight, communication channels and reflection. External pressure was the only strengthened contradictionin relation to the literature. Two new contradictions emerged; ’documentation’, ’processes and tools’.

Abstract [sv]

Målet med examensarbetet var att utveckla och utvärdera ett ledningssystem för att främja kreativitet i ett agilt team, med syftet att säkerställa innovation hos Alten. Arbetet var uppdelat i en litteraturstudie och fallstudie. Litteraturstudien fokuserade på att fastställa interna innovationsdeterminanter och analysera relationen mellan kreativitet, innovation och agila metoder. Fallstudien inkluderade flera metoder och hade en experimentell infallsvinkel. Arbetet var begränsat till mjukvaruutveckling och pågick under loppet av tjugo veckor. Flera delade framgångsfaktorer mellan kreativitet, innovation och agila metoder framkom under litteraturstudien. Även motsättningar mellan koncepten identifierades. Riktlinjer för att stödja kreativitet extraherades för att stödja utformningen av kreativitet- och innovationsdimensionen i ledningssystemet. Huvuddelen av implementeringen var att utvärdera kraven i ledningssystemet i förhållande till Scrumteamet. Två workshops hölls, främst för att upprätta en handlingsplan. Det visade sig att nio krav uppfylldes av agila metoder. De empiriska resultaten stärkte tio framgångsfaktorer för innovation och agila metoder från litteraturstudien. Dessutom uppstod tre nya framgångsfaktorer; bred insikt, kommunikationskanaler och reflektion. Externt påförd press var det enda stärkta hindret i förhållande till litteraturen. Två nya motsättningar uppstod; ’dokumentation’, ’processer och verktyg’.

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2015. , 92 p.
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MMK 2015:43 MCE 319
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180952OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-180952DiVA: diva2:897656
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Alten
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Available from: 2016-01-27 Created: 2016-01-26 Last updated: 2016-01-27Bibliographically approved

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