Foundations of Agile Decision Making from Agile Mentors and Developers

  • Carmen Zannier
  • Frank Maurer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4044)


There are few studies of how software developers make decisions in software design and none that places agile in the context of these decision making processes. In this paper, we present results of interviewing agile software developers and mentors to determine how design decision making aligns with rational decision making or naturalistic decision making. We present results of twelve case studies evaluating how agile professionals make design decisions, comparing mentor perspectives to developer perspectives. We describe our interview technique, content analysis used to analyze interview transcripts, and the interpretation of our results, to answer the question: how do agile designers make design decisions? Our results show that naturalistic decision making dominates design decision making but is supported by rational decision making.


Time Pressure Software Design Design Decision Rational Decision Making Developer Perspective 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmen Zannier
    • 1
  • Frank Maurer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CalgaryCalgary, ABCAN

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