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Voices from the teams: Impacts on autonomy in large-scale agile software development settings
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Information Systems and Project Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1512-6592
2019 (English)In: Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming – Workshops: XP 2019 Workshops, Montréal, QC, Canada, May 21–25, 2019, Proceedings / [ed] Rashina Hoda, Springer, 2019, Vol. 364, p. 29-36Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Forming autonomous, self-organizing, cross-functional teams in software development is becoming more common even in larger organizations, and many organizations are implementing the Scaled Agile Framework. When autonomous teams need to work together, they must sacrifice some level of autonomy since work needs to be coordinated with other teams, which could be a threat to team performance. This study presents how perceived autonomy has changed by listening to the voices from the teams in three large organizations. Although several respondents did not express any experienced changes to autonomy at all, others put forth important changes. The practices where several teams gather in joint events are important arenas in both positive and negative aspects. The arenas give teams a better overview and a sense of being empowered in using their veto right to stop overload of planned work. However, more detailed planning in every single team could cause less ability to switch work between teams and a sense of suffocation due to detailed routines and practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2019. Vol. 364, p. 29-36
Series
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, ISSN 1865-1348
Keywords [en]
Agile software development, Autonomous teams, Large-scale, Scaled Agile Framework, Self-organizing teams, Data processing, Software design
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Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75725DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-30126-2_4Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85072826257ISBN: 978-3-030-30126-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75725DiVA, id: diva2:1369691
Conference
20th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2019; Montreal; Canada; 21 May 2019 through 25 May 2019
Available from: 2019-11-12 Created: 2019-11-12 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved

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