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XP 2015: Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming pp 64-80

Agile Challenges in Practice: A Thematic Analysis

  • Peggy Gregory
  • Leonor Barroca
  • Katie Taylor
  • Dina Salah
  • Helen Sharp
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-18612-2_6

Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 212)
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Gregory P., Barroca L., Taylor K., Salah D., Sharp H. (2015) Agile Challenges in Practice: A Thematic Analysis. In: Lassenius C., Dingsøyr T., Paasivaara M. (eds) Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming. XP 2015. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 212. Springer, Cham

Abstract

As agile is maturing and becoming more widely adopted, it is important that researchers are aware of the challenges faced by practitioners and organisations. We undertook a thematic analysis of 193 agile challenges collected at a series of agile conferences and events during 2013 and 2014. Participants were mainly practitioners and business representatives along with some academics. The challenges were thematically analysed by separate authors, synthesised, and a list of seven themes and 27 sub-themes was agreed. Themes were Organisation, Sustainability, Culture, Teams, Scale, Value and Claims and Limitations. We compare our findings against previous attempts to identify and categorise agile challenges. While most themes have persisted we found a shift of focus towards sustainability, business engagement and transformation, as well as claims and limitations. We identify areas for further research and a need for innovative methods of conveying academic research to industry and industrial problems to academia.

Keywords

Agile methods Challenges: evidence-based software engineering 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peggy Gregory
    • 1
  • Leonor Barroca
    • 2
  • Katie Taylor
    • 1
  • Dina Salah
    • 2
  • Helen Sharp
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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