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Karvonen T. et al. (2015) Hitting the Target: Practices for Moving Toward Innovation Experiment Systems. In: Fernandes J., Machado R., Wnuk K. (eds) Software Business. ICSOB 2015. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 210. Springer, ChamThe final publication is available at Springer via

Hitting the target : practices for moving toward innovation experiment systems

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Author: Karvonen, Teemu1; Lwakatare, Lucy Ellen1; Sauvola, Tanja1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
3Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2015
Publish Date: 2017-03-24


The benefits and barriers that software development companies face when moving beyond agile development practices are identified in a multiple-case study in five Finnish companies. The practices that companies need to adopt when moving towards innovation experiment systems are recognised. The background of the study is the Stairway to Heaven (StH) model that describes the path that many software development companies take when advancing their development practices. The development practices in each case are investigated and analysed in relation to the StH model. At first the results of the analysis strengthened the validity of the StH model as a path taken by software development companies to advance their development practices. Based on the findings, the StH model was extended with a set of additional practices and their adoption levels for each step of the model. The extended model was validated in five case companies.

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Series: Lecture notes in business information processing
ISSN: 1865-1348
ISSN-E: 1865-1356
ISSN-L: 1865-1348
ISBN: 978-3-319-19593-3
ISBN Print: 978-3-319-19592-6
Volume: 210
Pages: 117 - 131
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-19593-3_10
Host publication editor: Fernandes, João M.
Machado, Ricardo J.
Wnuk, Krzysztof
Conference: International Conference on Software Business
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work was supported by TEKES as part of the Need for Speed project ( of DIGILE (Finnish Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation in the field of ICT and digital business). This work was done in co-operation with the Software Center (, a Nordic collaboration initiative between eight companies and three universities.
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