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Influences on agile practice tailoring in enterprise software development.

Bass, Julian M.


Julian M. Bass


Agile development projects have become a reality in large enterprises using offshore development models. A case study involving seven international companies with offices in Bangalore, India, and London, UK was conducted, including interviews with 19 practitioners. The contribution of this paper is to illustrate the reasons for tailoring Agile practices within the context of large enterprises. The findings show that scrum roles and practices did not conflict with enterprise policies or processes and were thought to improve product quality and productivity. However, agile practices from the XP tradition were not so widely adopted. Test driven development did not integrate well within enterprises where independent quality assurance teams were constituted as separate departments. Continuous integration was found to be challenging where enterprise software products required time consuming regression testing and elaborate code release processes. While adoption of coding standards and collective code ownership are necessary to facilitate interaction between disparate stakeholder groups.


BASS, J.M. 2012. Influences on agile practice tailoring in enterprise software development. In Proceedings of Agile India 2012, 17-19 February 2012, Bengaluru, India. Los Alamitos: IEEE Computer Society [online], article number 6170020, pages 1-9. Available from:

Conference Name 2012 Agile India
Conference Location Bengaluru, India
Start Date Feb 17, 2012
End Date Feb 19, 2012
Acceptance Date Feb 28, 2012
Online Publication Date Feb 28, 2012
Publication Date Mar 15, 2012
Deposit Date Oct 8, 2014
Publicly Available Date Oct 8, 2014
Publisher IEEE Computer Society
Article Number 6170020
Pages 1-9
Series Title Proceedings of AGILE India
ISBN 9781467307994
Keywords Enterprise software; Distributed agile development; Scrum; Extreme programming (XP); Tailoring
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