XP in a small software development business: adapting to local constraints

Jeffry S. Babb, Rashina Hoda, Jacob Nørbjerg

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While small software development shops have trended towards the adoption of Agile methods, local conditions and high iteration pressure typically cause adaptations and appropriations of Agile methods. This paper shares evidence from a study concerning how a small software development company adopts and adapts, XP to suit their business. Based on a Dialogical Action Research project, the study reflects on the conditions leading to Agile process adaptation, and why ad hoc and “a la carte” approaches may be problematic. Limitations and drawbacks to aspects of XP are also discussed. The Agile practices most sustainable for small shop teams, with process maintenance and viability as a goal, are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Contributions in IS Research
Subtitle of host publication5th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2014 Ringsted, Denmark, August 10-13, 2014 Proceedings
EditorsTrine Hald Commisso, Jacob Nørbjerg, Jan Pries-Heje
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319095455
ISBN (Print)9783319095462
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventScandinavian Conference on Information Systems 2014 - Ringsted, Denmark
Duration: 10 Aug 201413 Aug 2014
Conference number: 5th

Publication series

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


ConferenceScandinavian Conference on Information Systems 2014
Abbreviated titleSCIS 2014
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  • Agile methods
  • Local conditions
  • Method adaption
  • Method adoption
  • Process evolution

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