Agile Practices, Collaboration and Experience

An Empirical Study About the Effect of Experience in Agile Software Development
  • Martin KroppEmail author
  • Andreas MeierEmail author
  • Robert BiddleEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10027)


Agile Software Development has been around for more than fifteen years and is now widespread. How does experience effect the application of agile methods in organizations and what are the implications on the individual and organizational culture? This paper presents in-depth analysis of the Swiss Agile Study 2014. Switzerland offers an illustrative microcosm of software development, with a range of industry domains and sizes, and well-educated and internationally aware professionals. The study included more than a hundred professionals and managers, contacted through professional and industry associations. The topics addressed included experience with Agile development, motivations for adopting it, barriers perceived, specific practices used, and specific benefits realized. Analysis of the data identified important trends and differences. Agile experience seems to be an important factor, which affects many aspects of practice and workplace culture. More troubling is that it appears stress and overwork may be common among Agile professionals. All these findings illustrate important differences between Agile processes as prescribed, and as actually practiced.


Agile Software process Collaboration Organizational culture Software practices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern SwitzerlandWindischSwitzerland
  2. 2.Zurich University of Applied SciencesWinterthurSwitzerland
  3. 3.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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