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For Some Places More Than Others - Agility and Organizational Culture

  • Lourenço P. SoaresEmail author
  • Ângela Freitag Brodbeck
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 802)

Abstract

The adoption of agile methods for software development has proven to be an activity sensitive to the culture of the organizations seeking to adopt them. Agile projects occur in different situations: from the most ideal to those that require extensive adaptations. This study aims to explore the relationship between selected basic cultural assumptions of organizations and agile practices. Correlations identified were explored looking to offer an initial map suggesting approaches to introduce agile practices based on the cultural profile of the organization. The most notable results were that basic cultural assumptions of “Pragmatism”, “Favors communication” and “Collegial/participative” are the ones most correlated with agile practices and the practices of “co-location”, “Test Driven Development”, “Continuous Integration”, “Code refactoring”, “pair programming” and “Stand-up meeting” showed no representative correlations with basic cultural assumptions, indicating that they may be a good alternative to start an agile adoption by technical practices. One of the main contributions of this work is proposing a preliminary model that highlights the relationship between organizational culture and adoption of agile practices, suggesting areas for further research.

Keywords

Organizational culture Agile methodologies Agile practices Adoption of agile practices Cultural dimensions Basic assumptions  TDD Continuous integration Stand-up meeting Co-location 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lourenço P. Soares
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ângela Freitag Brodbeck
    • 2
  1. 1.ThoughtWorks BrasilPorto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil

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