Exploring workflow mechanisms and task allocation strategies in agile software teams

Zainab Masood, Rashina Hoda, Kelly Blincoe

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Abstract

Task allocation is considered an important activity in software project management. However, the process of allocating tasks in agile software development teams has not received much attention in empirical research. Through a pilot study involving mixed open-ended and closed-ended interviews questions with 11 agile software practitioners working within a software development organization in India, we explain the process of task allocation as including three different mechanisms of workflow across teams: team-independent, team-dependent, and hybrid workflow; and five types of task allocation strategies: manager-driven, team-driven, individual-driven, manager-assisted and team-assisted. Knowing these workflow mechanisms and task allocation strategies will help software teams and project managers make more effective decisions around workflow and task allocation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming
Subtitle of host publication18th International Conference, XP 2017 Cologne, Germany, May 22–26, 2017 Proceedings
EditorsHubert Baumeister, Horst Lichter, Matthias Riebisch
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages267-273
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783319576336
ISBN (Print)9783319576329
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Agile Software Development 2017 - Cologne, Germany
Duration: 22 May 201726 May 2017
Conference number: 18th
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Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
PublisherSpringer
Volume283
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356

Conference

ConferenceConference on Agile Software Development 2017
Abbreviated titleXP 2017
CountryGermany
CityCologne
Period22/05/1726/05/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • Agile software teams
  • Allocation mechanism
  • Task allocation
  • Task allocation strategies
  • Workflow

Cite this

Masood, Z., Hoda, R., & Blincoe, K. (2017). Exploring workflow mechanisms and task allocation strategies in agile software teams. In H. Baumeister, H. Lichter, & M. Riebisch (Eds.), Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming: 18th International Conference, XP 2017 Cologne, Germany, May 22–26, 2017 Proceedings (pp. 267-273). (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing; Vol. 283). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57633-6_19