Is Water-Scrum-Fall Reality? On the Use of Agile and Traditional Development Practices

Georgios Theocharis, Marco Kuhrmann, Jürgen Münch, Philipp Diebold

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For years, agile methods are considered the most promising route toward successful software development, and a considerable number of publications studies the (successful) use of agile methods and reports on the benefits companies have from adopting agile methods. Yet, since the world is not black or white, the question for what happened to the traditional models arises. Are traditional models replaced by agile methods? How is the transformation toward Agile managed, and, moreover, where did it start? With this paper we close a gap in literature by studying the general process use over time to investigate how traditional and agile methods are used. Is there coexistence or do agile methods accelerate the traditional processes' extinction? The findings of our literature study comprise two major results: Studies and reliable numbers on the general process model use are rare, i.e., we lack quantitative data on the actual process use and, thus, we often lack the ability to ground process-related research in practically relevant issues. Second, despite the assumed superiority of agile methods, our results clearly show that companies enact context-specific hybrid solutions in which traditional and agile development approaches are used in combination.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProduct-Focused Software Process Improvement : 16th International Conference, PROFES 2015, Bolzano, Italy, December 2-4, 2015, Proceedings
RedaktørerPekka Abrahamsson, Luis Corral, Markku Oivo, Barbara Russo
ForlagSpringer
Publikationsdato2015
Sider149-166
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-319-26843-9
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-319-26844-6
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015
Begivenhed16th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement - Bozen-Bolzano, Italien
Varighed: 2. dec. 20154. dec. 2015
Konferencens nummer: 16th

Konference

Konference16th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement
Nummer16th
LandItalien
ByBozen-Bolzano
Periode02/12/201504/12/2015
NavnLecture Notes in Computer Science
Vol/bind9459
ISSN0302-9743

Fingeraftryk

Water
Software engineering
Industry

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Theocharis, G., Kuhrmann, M., Münch, J., & Diebold, P. (2015). Is Water-Scrum-Fall Reality? On the Use of Agile and Traditional Development Practices. I P. Abrahamsson, L. Corral, M. Oivo, & B. Russo (red.), Product-Focused Software Process Improvement: 16th International Conference, PROFES 2015, Bolzano, Italy, December 2-4, 2015, Proceedings (s. 149-166). Springer. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Bind. 9459 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26844-6_11
Theocharis, Georgios ; Kuhrmann, Marco ; Münch, Jürgen ; Diebold, Philipp. / Is Water-Scrum-Fall Reality? On the Use of Agile and Traditional Development Practices. Product-Focused Software Process Improvement: 16th International Conference, PROFES 2015, Bolzano, Italy, December 2-4, 2015, Proceedings. red. / Pekka Abrahamsson ; Luis Corral ; Markku Oivo ; Barbara Russo. Springer, 2015. s. 149-166 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Bind 9459).
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Theocharis, G, Kuhrmann, M, Münch, J & Diebold, P 2015, Is Water-Scrum-Fall Reality? On the Use of Agile and Traditional Development Practices. i P Abrahamsson, L Corral, M Oivo & B Russo (red), Product-Focused Software Process Improvement: 16th International Conference, PROFES 2015, Bolzano, Italy, December 2-4, 2015, Proceedings. Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, bind 9459, s. 149-166, 16th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, Bozen-Bolzano, Italien, 02/12/2015. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26844-6_11

Is Water-Scrum-Fall Reality? On the Use of Agile and Traditional Development Practices. / Theocharis, Georgios; Kuhrmann, Marco; Münch, Jürgen; Diebold, Philipp.

Product-Focused Software Process Improvement: 16th International Conference, PROFES 2015, Bolzano, Italy, December 2-4, 2015, Proceedings. red. / Pekka Abrahamsson; Luis Corral; Markku Oivo; Barbara Russo. Springer, 2015. s. 149-166 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Bind 9459).

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Theocharis G, Kuhrmann M, Münch J, Diebold P. Is Water-Scrum-Fall Reality? On the Use of Agile and Traditional Development Practices. I Abrahamsson P, Corral L, Oivo M, Russo B, red., Product-Focused Software Process Improvement: 16th International Conference, PROFES 2015, Bolzano, Italy, December 2-4, 2015, Proceedings. Springer. 2015. s. 149-166. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Bind 9459). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26844-6_11