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People over process: key people challenges in agile development

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Show simple item record Conboy, Kieran Coyle, Sharon Wang, Xiaofeng Pikkarainen, Minna 2011-01-14T17:44:48Z 2011-01-14T17:44:48Z 2011
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract There is a common perception that, while there may be some ‘teething’ problems experienced during the initial transition to agile, people are much happier, engaged and ultimately more productive in these environments. This study shows that this belief may not always hold true, identifying many serious ‘people’ challenges experienced by 17 large multinational organisations, all using agile for more than three years. The cases provide an interesting insight in that they involve cases where agile was implemented in a top-down manner across the organisations or at least across business units. This is in contrast to most accounts of agile which involve voluntary, bottom up adoption on small co-located teams developing systems deemed to be suitable for agile development. The people issues uncovered include a broad range of problems from recruitment of agile staff, to training, motivation and performance evaluation among others. The paper will conclude with a set of actionable recommendations as to how organisations can overcome these challenges, based on the better practices uncovered in the cases studied. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries IEEE Software;Pre-print
dc.rights This work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication. Copyright may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible. en_US
dc.subject software engineering en_US
dc.subject agile en_US
dc.subject methodologies en_US
dc.subject people factors en_US
dc.subject adoption en_US
dc.title People over process: key people challenges in agile development en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI
dc.relation.projectid 03/CE2/I303_1

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