Eriks Klotins, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Panagiota Chatzipetrou, Tony Gorschek, Rafael Prikladnicki, Nirnaya Tripathi and Leandro Bento Pompermaier, "Use of Agile Practices in Start-up Companies", In e-Informatica Software Engineering Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 47–64, 2021. DOI: 10.37190/e-Inf210103.
Use of agile practices in start-up companies
|Author:||Klotins, Eriks1; Unterkalmsteiner, Michael1; Chatzipetrou, Panagiota2;|
1Software Engineering Research Lab, Blekinge Institute of Technology
2Department of Informatics, CERIS, Örebro University School of Business
3Software Engineering Research Lab, Pontiﬁcal Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
4Software Engineering Research Lab, University of Oulu
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021052631686
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology,
|Publish Date:|| 2021-05-26
Context: Software start-ups have shown their ability to develop and launch innovative software products and services. Small, motivated teams and uncertain project scope makes start-ups good candidates for adopting Agile practices.
Objective: We explore how start-ups use Agile practices and what eﬀects can be associated with the use of those practices.
Method: We use a case survey to analyze 84 start-up cases and 56 Agile practices. We apply statistical methods to test for statistically signiﬁcant associations between the use of Agile practices, team, and product factors.
Results: Our results suggest that development of the backlog, use of version control, code refactoring, and development of user stories are the most frequently reported practices. We identify 22 associations between the use of Agile practices, team, and product factors. The use of Agile practices is associated with eﬀects on source code and overall product quality. A teams’ positive or negative attitude towards best engineering practices is a signiﬁcant indicator for either adoption or rejection of certain Agile practices. To explore the relationships in our ﬁndings, we set forth a number of propositions that can be investigated in future research.
Conclusions: We conclude that start-ups use Agile practices, however without following any speciﬁc methodology. We identify the opportunity for more ﬁne-grained studies into the adoption and eﬀects of individual Agile practices. Start-up practitioners could beneﬁt from Agile practices in terms of better overall quality, tighter control over team performance, and resource utilization.
e-informatica software engineering journal
|Pages:||47 - 64|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
113 Computer and information sciences
512 Business and management
This work is partially funded by the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (17/2551-0001/205-4) and the Brazilian National Council for Scientiﬁc and Technological Development.
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