Control portfolio adaptation in scrum: Initial findings from a practitioner survey

Thomas Fischer, Alan Hevner, René Riedl

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Abstract

Software development processes are defined by control practices such as daily stand-ups or burndown charts. Although previous research has thoroughly investigated the antecedents of control selection and the consequences of control enactment, there is a lack of research into the dynamic changes that are made to a control portfolio throughout a project's life cycle. In preparation for a large, future field study, we conducted (i) a literature review to create a list of practices that are common in Scrum pro-jects and (ii) a survey with selected interviews of 16 Scrum practitioners. Our goals are to investigate whether these agile control practices are used, and if so, how intensively, and whether their use changes over a project's life cycle (i.e., whether they are used throughout the entire project, and added or removed during the project). We find initial evidence for elements in the project environment, project outcomes, and experiences with control mechanisms to be main triggers of change to a control portfolio. Further, we identify different modes of adaptations (e.g., control portfolio adaptation vs practice modification). Based on these findings we propose a research model and an outline for our future longitudinal field study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683197
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 15 Dec 201918 Dec 2019

Publication series

Name40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019

Conference

Conference40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period15.12.201918.12.2019

Keywords

  • Agile Software Development
  • Control Modes
  • Control Portfolio
  • Scrum Practices

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