Fostering and sustaining innovation in a Fast Growing Agile Company

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): NilsBrede Moe, Sebastian Barney, Aybüe Aurum, Mahvish Khurum, Claes Wohlin, Hamish Barney, Tony Gorschek, Martha Winata
Title: Fostering and sustaining innovation in a Fast Growing Agile Company
Journal: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Conference name: 13th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement, PROFES
Year: 2012
Volume: 7343
Pagination: 160-174
ISBN: 978-364231062-1
ISSN: 0302-9743
Publisher: Springer
City: Madrid
URI/DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-31063-8_13
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: Sustaining innovation in a fast growing software development company is difficult. As organisations grow, peoples' focus often changes from the big picture of the product being developed to the specific role they fill. This paper presents two complementary approaches that were successfully used to support continued developer-driven innovation in a rapidly growing Australian agile software development company. The method "FedEx TM Day" gives developers one day to showcase a proof of concept they believe should be part of the product, while the method "20% Time" allows more ambitious projects to be undertaken. Given the right setting and management support, the two approaches can support and improve bottom-up innovation in organizations.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: 20% Time; agile software development; case study; empirical; FedEx Day; innovation; scrum; XP