Business Value Is not only Dollars: Results from Case Study Research on Agile Software Projects

Zornitza Racheva, Maya Daneva, Klaas Sikkel, Luigi Buglione

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    Abstract

    Business value is a key concept in agile software development. This paper presents results of a case study on how business value and its creation is perceived in the context of agile projects. Our overall conclusion is that the project participants almost never use an explicit and structured approach to guide the value creation throughout the project. Still, the application of agile methods in the studied cases leads to satisfied clients. An interesting result of the study represents the fact that the agile process of many projects differs significantly from what is described in the agile practitioners’ books as best practices. The key implication for research and practice is that we have an incentive to pursue the study of value creation in agile projects and to complement it by providing guidelines for better client’s involvement, as well as by developing structured methods that will enhance the value-creation in a project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProduct-Focused Software Process Improvement
    Subtitle of host publication11th International Conference, PROFES 2010, Limerick, Ireland, June 21-23, 2010. Proceedings
    EditorsM. Ali Babar, Matias Vierimaa, Markku Oivo
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages131-145
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-13791-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
    Event11th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, PROFES 2010 - Limerick, Ireland
    Duration: 21 Jun 201023 Jun 2010
    Conference number: 11

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume6156
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

    Conference

    Conference11th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, PROFES 2010
    Abbreviated titlePROFES
    CountryIreland
    CityLimerick
    Period21/06/1023/06/10

    Keywords

    • Agile software development
    • SCS-Services
    • Multiple case study
    • Value-based approach
    • Business value

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