Daniel Barke MCS-2008:40, pp. 62. TEK/avd. för programvaruteknik, 2009.
In the rapidly changing market of today, companies
need to be responsive and react quickly to changes in
both their competitors’ behaviour but also to changes in
their own technical environment.
In this thesis I have examined the agile characteristics
of a number of companies in Stockholm, with focus on
three agile concepts; Scrum, eXtreme Programming and
Test Driven Development.
The work started off by a prestudy, in which I have
identified the criteria that a company needs to fulfil in
order to be considered agile. This resulted in four main
categories of characteristics; Quality, Flexibility,
Communication and Competence.
After doing the prestudy, these characteristics were
investigated through a combination of a quantitative
study and a case study.
While the results mostly lean towards agile behaviour
rather than non agile, it was shown that a lot of work
still remains, for instance regarding improvements in
the communications area, and also in the way these
companies apply the agile methodologies examined.