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Agile ways of working: A team maturity perspective

Journal article
Authors Lucas Gren
Alfredo Goldman
Christian Jacobsson
Published in Journal of Software
ISSN 1796-217X
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Psychology
Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (GU)
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1002/smr.2244
Keywords agile software development, group maturity, iterative development, teams
Subject categories Software Engineering, Psychology

Abstract

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 AgileMeasurement (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.

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