Group development and group maturity when building agile teams: A qualitative and quantitative investigation at eight large companies
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

The agile approach to projects focuses more on close-knit teams than traditional waterfall projects, which means that aspects of group maturity become even more important. This psychological aspect is not much researched in connection to the building of an "agile team." The purpose of this study is to investigate how building agile teams is connected to a group development model taken from social psychology. We conducted ten semi-structured interviews with coaches, Scrum Masters, and managers responsible for the agile process from seven different companies, and collected survey data from 66 group-members from four companies (a total of eight different companies). The survey included an agile measurement tool and the one part of the Group Development Questionnaire. The results show that the practitioners define group developmental aspects as key factors to a successful agile transition. Also, the quantitative measurement of agility was significantly correlated to the group maturity measurement. We conclude that adding these psychological aspects to the description of the "agile team" could increase the understanding of agility and partly help define an "agile team." We propose that future work should develop specific guidelines for how software development teams at different maturity levels might adopt agile principles and practices differently. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

organizational culture

Maturity

faculty group development

p423

Group psychology

v23

actice

Computer Science

personality

Agile processes

productivity

OCEEDINGS7th International Conference on Extreme Programming and Agile Processing in Software

Measurement

work

success

Empirical study

link

validation

Författare

Lucas Gren

Göteborgs universitet

Richard Torkar

Göteborgs universitet

Robert Feldt

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering

Journal of Systems and Software

0164-1212 (ISSN)

Vol. 124 104-119

Styrkeområden

Informations- och kommunikationsteknik

Ämneskategorier

Data- och informationsvetenskap

DOI

10.1016/j.jss.2016.11.024