Agile Software Development in Practice

Agile Software Development in Practice

Matti Rossi (Helsinki School of Economics, Finland), Hilkka Merisalo-Rantanen (Helsinki School of Economics, Finland) and Tuure Tuunanen (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-927-4.ch001
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This chapter explores agile information practices of information systems development and argues that their history is much longer than what is generally believed today. We take an interpretive and critical view of the phenomenon. We made an empirical study of two companies that apply an XP-style development approach throughout the information systems development life cycle. The results of our research suggest that XP is a combination of best practices of traditional information systems development methods. It is hindered by its reliance on talented individuals, which makes its large-scale deployment as a general-purpose method difficult. We claim that XP can be useful for small colocated teams of skilled domain experts and implementers who are able to communicate well with the end users. However, these skilled and motivated individuals with high working morale can exhibit high productivity regardless of the methods used if they are not overly constrained by bureaucracy.

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Keng Siau
Chapter 1
Matti Rossi, Hilkka Merisalo-Rantanen, Tuure Tuunanen
This chapter explores agile information practices of information systems development and argues that their history is much longer than what is... Sample PDF
Agile Software Development in Practice
Chapter 2
John Erickson, Kalle Lyytinen, Keng Siau
Failure rates for systems development projects are estimated to approach 50% (Hirsch, 2002). In such an environment, a growing number of developers... Sample PDF
Understanding Agile Software, Extreme Programming, and Agile Modeling
Chapter 3
Mehmet N. Aydin, Frank Harmsen, Jos van Hillegersberg, Robert A. Stegwee
Little specific research has been conducted to date on the adaptation of agile information systems development (ISD) methods. This chapter presents... Sample PDF
Adaptation of an Agile Information System Development Method
Chapter 4
Pnina Soffer, Iris Reinhartz-Berger, Arnon Sturm
This chapter deals with the reuse of models, which assists in constructing new models on the basis of existing knowledge. Some of the activities... Sample PDF
Matching Models of Different Abstraction Levels: A Refinement Equivalence Approach
Chapter 5
Patrick van Bommel, Stijn Hoppenbrouwers, Erik Proper, Theo van der Weide
This chapter is about how the object-role modeling (ORM) language and approach can be used for the integration, at a deep and formal level, of... Sample PDF
On the Use of Object-Role Modeling for Modeling Active Domains
Chapter 6
Isabelle Mirbel
Method engineering aims at providing effective solutions to build, improve, and support the evolution of development methodologies. Contributions in... Sample PDF
Method Chunks to Federate Development Processes
Chapter 7
Jian Cai
This chapter introduces a generic modeling approach that explicitly represents the perspectives of stakeholders and their evolution traversing a... Sample PDF
Modeling and Analyzing Perspectives to Support Knowledge Management
Chapter 8
Terry Halpin
A business domain is typically subject to various business rules. In practice, these rules may be of different modalities (e.g., alethic and... Sample PDF
Modality of Business Rules
Chapter 9
Jan Recker, Jan Mendling
Often, different process models are employed in different phases of the BPM life cycle, each providing a different approach for capturing business... Sample PDF
Lost in Business Process Model Translations: How a Structured Approach Helps to Identify Conceptual Mismatch
Chapter 10
Sree Nilakanta, L. L. Miller, Dan Zhu
This chapter is about conceptualizing the applicability of grid related technologies for supporting intelligence in decision-making. It aims to... Sample PDF
Theories and Models: A Brief Look at Organizational Memory Management
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