Expectations and Challenges from Scaling Agile in Mechatronics-Driven Companies : A Comparative Case Study

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Title Expectations and Challenges from Scaling Agile in Mechatronics-Driven Companies : A Comparative Case Study
Author Berger, Christian ; Eklund, Ulrik
Research Centre Internet of Things and People Research Centre (IOTAP)
Editor Lassenius, Casper ; Dingsøyr, Torgeir ; Paasivaara, Maria
Date 2015
English abstract
Agile software development is increasingly adopted by companies evolving and maintaining software products to support better planning and tracking the realization of user stories and features. While convincing success stories help to further spread the adoption of Agile, mechatronics-driven companies need guidance to implement Agile for non-software teams. In this comparative case study of three companies from the Nordic region, we systematically investigate expectations and challenges from scaling Agile in organizations dealing with mechatronics development by conducting on-site workshops and surveys. Our findings show that all companies have already successfully implemented Agile in their software teams. The expected main benefit of successfully scaling agile development is a faster time-to-market product development; however, the two main challenges are: (a) An inflexible test environment that inhibits fast feedback to changed or added features, and (b) the existing organizational structure including the company’s mind-set that needs to be opened-up for agile principles.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18612-2_2 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Agile Processes, in Software Engineering, and Extreme Programming;
Series/Issue Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing;212
ISSN 1865-1348
ISBN 978-3-319-18612-2
Pages 15-26
Language eng (iso)
Subject Scaling agile
Agile Software development process
Mechatronics
Comparative case study
Technology
Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY
Note 16th International Conference on Agile Software Development, Helsinki ... (see Details for more)
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19170 Permalink to this page
Link http://www.xp2015.org (external link to related web page)
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