RAISE 2012

This years RAISE Conference was held on 11th October 2012 in London.  The Conference organisers would like to thank the DSDM Consortium for its generous support in helping to make the event such a success.

Details of the papers presented are below: (Click link next to each title to load full version)

Exploring communication challenges associated with Agile practices in a globally distributed environment - Modi Paper

Sunila Modi, Pamela Abbott, Steve Counsell – Department of IS and Computing, Brunel University, Middx, UK.

Co-located agile teams rely heavily on physical proximity, face-to-face communication, coordination and close collaboration. These tenets of agile methods are hampered in globally distributed environments and the shortcomings have to be consciously addressed and supported through various activities between the onshore and offshore locations. This paper reports on preliminary findings of the communication processes in one case study which highlights the necessity of providing multiple modes of communication to support the shortfalls of physical proximity and curtailed face-to-face interactions in distributed agile teams

Social Interaction, Team Tacit Knowledge and Transactive Memory: Empirical support for the Agile approach – Ryan Paper

Sharon Ryan, Dublin City University, Ireland and Rory V. O’Connor, Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, Ireland

The agile principles of social interaction and tacit knowledge were examined in this survey study of 48 software development teams. It was proposed that that team tacit knowledge is created through frequency and quality of social interactions and through the development of a transactive memory system. Results supported the hypothesis with quality of social interaction playing a greater role than transactive memory in the creation of team tacit knowledge, although transactive memory did not mediate the relationship. This study provides empirical support for the cognitive processes involved in tacit knowledge creation, which underlies the agile approach to software development.

The conference is open to academics, practitioners and researchers in the fields of Computing, Information Systems, Business and Management Science as well as those in businesses and organizations using or interested in using Agile practices and frameworks.

Agile Project Management for Government: Agile adoption in the US and UK Governments: a brief comparative review – Wernham Paper

Brian Wernham

After many decades of run-away technology projects, where delivery has failed and benefits have not been achieved, both the US and the UK governments have said that they want to move to a more flexible approach to IT.

Ten years on from the signing of the Agile Manifesto, we are seeing more than just an interest in Agile from leaders in Government, we have had clear statements of intent. Agile is no longer the ugly duckling spurned by the mainstream. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic wish to use it – and use it on large, critical projects.

The Influence of New Product Development on Scrum Practices – Lane Paper

Lane, Michael T., Fitzgerald, Brian, LERO1 – The Irish Centre for Software Engineering, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, and Ågerfalk, Pär J., Department of Information Science, Uppsala

One of the most widely used Agile software development (ASD) methods is Scrum. The underlying inspiration for Scrum came from an examination of new product development (NPD).

This work proposes that the combination of six management characteristics results in very positive and effective product development: built-in instability, self-organizing project teams, overlapping development phases, “multi-learning”, subtle control and organizational transfer of learning (Takeuchi et al. 1986). This paper reports on one strand of an overall research study investigating the motivations for adoption of Scrum. The strand in question focuses on the identification of the particular Scrum practices that relate to NPD characteristics.

Teaching Agile the Agile Way

Marija Cubric, University of Hertfordshire, UK

The presentation will describe, evaluate and discuss a blended learning method for teaching agile project management and similar subjects in a higher education curriculum.

The method itself is based on Scrum, the most popular agile methodology, and supported by wikis, a platform for continuous integration.

The author reports a high level of student satisfaction with the impact the method had on their own learning. A number of agile practices suitable in a context of learning and teaching has been identified and discussed.

This presentation would be of interest to anyone planning to teach agile in higher education settings.