Bridging the Gap between Agile and Free Software Approaches: The Impact of Sprinting

Bridging the Gap between Agile and Free Software Approaches: The Impact of Sprinting

Paul J. Adams (Sirius Corporation Ltd., UK) and Andrea Capiluppi (University of Lincoln, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch190

Abstract

Agile sprints are short events where a small team collocates in order to work on particular aspects of the overall project for a short period of time. Sprinting is a process that has been observed also in Free Software projects: these two paradigms, sharing common principles and values have shown several commonalities of practice. This article evaluates the impact of sprinting on a Free Software project through the analysis of code repository logs: sprints from two Free Software projects (Plone and KDE PIM) are assessed and two hypotheses are formulated: do sprints increase productivity? Are Free Software projects more productive after sprints compared with before? The primary contribution of this article is to show how sprinting creates a large increase in productivity both during the event, and immediately after the event itself: this argues for more in-depth studies focussing on the nature of sprinting.

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