The Theoretical Connections Between Agile Software Development and Innovative Climate

  • Tomi JuholaEmail author
  • Sami Hyrynsalmi
  • Tuomas Mäkilä
  • Ville Leppänen
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 538)


Agile software development methods are claimed to fully expose the innovation capabilities of a software development team. In the current business world, where the new innovations are seen as keys for survival and growth of the firm, these development methods have been welcomed and widely adapted. There, however, is a lack of understanding how these methods drive innovation. Therefore, in this study we analyse agile principles and practices against established innovation climate dimensions. The mapping used in analysis is done by the authors and provides a starting point for further scientific discussion. The results show that there is a clear link between practices and several classical innovation climate dimensions. However, a few dimensions are only covered by the agile principles. The study concludes by proposing new avenues for further work in agile software development research.


Agile software development Agile practice Agile principle Innovation Innovation factor Innovation climate 



Tomi Juhola is grateful for Turku University Foundation and Ulla Tuominen Foundation for financially supporting his dissertation work on innovations in agile software development context.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomi Juhola
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sami Hyrynsalmi
    • 1
  • Tuomas Mäkilä
    • 1
  • Ville Leppänen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information TechnologyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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