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Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic for Software Development in Nordic Companies: Agility Helps to Respond
University of Helsinki, FIN.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1512-6592
Nitor Delta, FIN.
Nitor Agile AB.
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2021 (English)In: AGILE PROCESSES IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND EXTREME PROGRAMMING - WORKSHOPS (XP 2021) / [ed] Peggy Gregory; Philippe Kruchten, Springer, 2021, Vol. 426, p. 33-41Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic affected almost every company in some way also in the Nordic countries. Depending on the different industry sectors of the companies, the impacts have varied from minor risks to severe disruptions but also even booming businesses. In all, agility and resilience have been required to continue and even to survive. In 2018, we started conducting large-scale agile surveys in Finland and Sweden. For the 2020 survey round, we included questions about the current pandemic situation impacts and how agility has helped to respond. The respondents represented software professionals from different industries, not limited to information and communication technology (ICT) companies. The results indicate that although the perceived impacts have mostly been negative (53%), it is not all so. One-third (33%) reported positive impacts such as increased business and better well-being. The majority (55%) of the responses indicated that agility has helped to respond to the pandemic situation. Remarkably, 59% reported that their companies have improved agility during the past year. Improved agility appears to be positively related to the ability to respond to the pandemic. We did not discover significant differences between the Finnish and Swedish respondent cohorts.

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Springer, 2021. Vol. 426, p. 33-41
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Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, ISSN 1865-1348, E-ISSN 1865-1356 ; 426
Keywords [en]
Agile, Agility, COVID-19, Digitalization, Scaled agile, Software design, Finland, Industry sectors, Large-scales, Nordic companies, Nordic countries, Surveys
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Software Engineering
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Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-88832DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-88583-0_4ISI: 000719308400004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85118191870ISBN: 9783030885823 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-88832DiVA, id: diva2:1640900
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22nd International Conference on Agile Software Development, 14 June 2021 through 18 June 2021
Available from: 2022-02-28 Created: 2022-02-28 Last updated: 2022-03-30Bibliographically approved

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