Agile ways of working: A team maturity perspective
Journal article, 2020

With the agile approach to managing software development projects comes an increased dependability on well-functioning teams, since many of the practices are built on teamwork. The objective of this study was to investigate if, and how, team development from a group psychological perspective is related to some work practices of agile teams. Data were collected from 34 agile teams (200 individuals) from six software development organizations and one university in both Brazil and Sweden using the Group Development Questionnaire (Scale IV) and the Perceptive Agile Measurement (PAM). The result indicates a strong correlation between levels of group maturity and the two agile practices iterative development and retrospectives. We, therefore, conclude that agile teams at different group development stages adopt parts of team agility differently, thus confirming previous studies but with more data and by investigating concrete and applied agile practices. We thereby add evidence to the hypothesis that an agile implementation and management of agile projects need to be adapted to the group maturity levels of the agile teams.

group maturity

agile software development


iterative development


Lucas Gren

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)

University of Gothenburg

Alfredo Goldman

University of Sao Paulo (USP)

Christian Jacobsson

University of Gothenburg

Journal of Software: Evolution and Process

2047-7481 (ISSN)

Vol. 32 6 e2244

Subject Categories

Reliability and Maintenance

Software Engineering

Information Systemes, Social aspects



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