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Ahmad, M. O. & Lwakatare, L. E. & Kuvaja, P. & Oivo, M. & Markkula, J. (2017). An empirical study of portfolio management and Kanban inagile and lean software companies. In Journal of software: evolution and process. doi: 10.1002/smr.1834

An empirical study of portfolio management and Kanban in agile and lean software companies

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Author: Ahmad, Muhammad Ovais1; Lwakatare, Lucy Ellen1; Kuvaja, Pasi1;
Organizations: 1M3S Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe201902286534
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-11-02
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Abstract

Traditional portfolio management tools and methods are challenging for software companies that use agile and lean approaches, because of the complex pre‐planning activities required. In this paper, traditional portfolio management tools and methods that have been conventionally used in industry and presented in literature are reviewed. Findings concerning their use in agile and lean software companies are investigated, on the basis of the literature review and semi‐structured interviews conducted in 7 agile and lean software companies in Finland. The findings indicate that the studied companies do not use traditional portfolio management tools and methods in their entirety. The software companies adapted suitable components from traditional portfolio management tools and methods into their practices. They also apply new tools and methods to manage their portfolios of offerings, to cope with the dynamics required by agile and lean methods. The companies’ emphasis is on using tools to facilitate immediate feedback from customers, to assess the value of offerings in their portfolio. The results showed a growing interest in using Kanban at the portfolio level to provide a visual overview of offerings.

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Series: Journal of software. Evolution and process
ISSN: 2047-7473
ISSN-E: 2047-7481
ISSN-L: 2047-7473
Volume: 29
Issue: 6
Article number: e1834
DOI: 10.1002/smr.1834
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1002/smr.1834
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
512 Business and management
113 Computer and information sciences
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Funding: This research was performed within the DIMECC (Digital, Internet,Materials & Engineering Co‐Creation) Need for Speed program and partially funded by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), Nokia foundation grant, and Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth foundation grant. We would like to thank the participating companies.
Copyright information: © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ahmad, M. O. & Lwakatare, L. E. & Kuvaja, P. & Oivo, M. & Markkula, J. (2017). An empirical study of portfolio management and Kanban inagile and lean software companies. In Journal of software: evolution and process. doi: 10.1002/smr.1834, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smr.1834. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.