Improving Quality by Exploiting Human Dynamics in Agile Methods

Improving Quality by Exploiting Human Dynamics in Agile Methods

P. Sfetsos (Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Greece) and I. Stamelos (Aristotle University, Greece)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-216-9.ch008
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Abstract

Theory and experience have shown that human factors are critical for the success of software engineering practices. Agile methods are even more sensitive in such factors because they rely heavily on personal efforts with limited guidance from process manuals, allowing freedom in choosing solutions, interpersonal communications, etc. This fact raises important issues for the management of software engineers that are expected to apply agile methods effectively. One such issue at the agile organization executive level is human resource management, which should take into account agile development peculiarities, work competencies needed, agile workforce planning, etc. Another issue at the micro-management level is agile workforce management within the development process (e.g., team planning for a specific task or project) where individual human features will undoubtedly affect delivered quality and ultimately the task/project degree of success. This chapter deals with one problem at each level of management in an agile company applying extreme programming, one of the most diffused agile methods. In particular, the first part of the chapter proposes and discusses a model for personnel management based on the well known People-CMM1 assessment and improvement model, while the second one proposes a model that exploits developer personalities and temperaments to effectively allocate and rotate developers in pairs for pair programming.

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Foreword
Pekka Abrahamsson
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
E. Mnkandla, B. Dwolatzky
This chapter is aimed at comprehensively analyzing and defining agile methodologies of software development from a software quality assurance... Sample PDF
Agile Software Methods: State-of-the-Art
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Chapter 2
E. Berki, K. Siakas, E. Georgiadou
This chapter provides a basis for discussion and analysis of the quality characteristics of the agile information systems development (AISD)... Sample PDF
Agile Quality or Depth of Reasoning? Applicability vs. Suitability with Respect to Stakeholders' Needs
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Chapter 3
T. Gilb, L. Brodie
Current agile methods could benefit from using a more quantified approach across the entire implementation process (that is, throughout development... Sample PDF
What's Wrong with Agile Methods? Some Principles and Values to Encourage Quantification
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Chapter 4
V. Monochristou, M. Vlachopoulou
Collecting and analyzing user requirements is undoubtedly a really complicated and often problematic process in software development projects. There... Sample PDF
Requirements Specification using User Stories
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Chapter 5
J. Rech
Software quality assurance is concerned with the efficient and effective development of large, reliable, and high-quality software systems. In agile... Sample PDF
Handling of Software Quality Defects in Agile Software Development
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Chapter 6
A. Memon, Q. Xie
This chapter motivates the need for new agile model-based testing mechanisms that can keep pace with agile software development/evolution. A new... Sample PDF
Agile Quality Assurance Techniques for GUI-Based Applications
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Chapter 7
L. Bendix
Software configuration management (SCM) is an essential part of any software project and its importance is even greater on agile projects because of... Sample PDF
Software Configuration Management in Agile Development
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Chapter 8
P. Sfetsos, I. Stamelos
Theory and experience have shown that human factors are critical for the success of software engineering practices. Agile methods are even more... Sample PDF
Improving Quality by Exploiting Human Dynamics in Agile Methods
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Chapter 9
O. Hazzan
This chapter presents a teaching framework for agile quality—that is, the way quality issues are perceived in agile software development... Sample PDF
Teaching Agile Software Development Quality Assurance
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Chapter 10
J. Kile
Of great interest to software development professionals is whether the adaptive methods found in agile methodologies can be successfully implemented... Sample PDF
Agile Software Development Quality Assurance: Agile Project Management, Quality Metrics, and Methodologies
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Chapter 11
S. Mark
This chapter describes the practice of test-driven development (TDD) and its impact on the overall culture of quality in an organization based on... Sample PDF
Test-Driven Development: An Agile Practice to Ensure Quality is Built from the Beginning
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Chapter 12
B. Hwong
In the past few years, Siemens has gained considerable experience using agile processes with several projects of varying size, duration, and... Sample PDF
Quality Improvements from using Agile Development Methods: Lessons Learned
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