The Impact of Agile Principles on Market-Driven Software Product Development

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Nina Dzamashvili-Fogelström, Tony Gorschek, Mikael Svahnberg, PeO Olsson
Title: The Impact of Agile Principles on Market-Driven Software Product Development
Year: 2010
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Pagination: 53-80
ISSN: 1077-4866
Publisher: interscience.wiley
URI/DOI: 10.1002/smr.453
ISI number: 000274925200004
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: Agile development methods such as XP, SCRUM, Lean Software Development and others have gained much popularity during the last years. Agile methodologies promise faster time-to-market, satisfied customers and high quality software. While these prospects are appealing, the suitability of agile practices to different domains and business contexts still remains unclear. In this paper we investigate the applicability of agile principles in the context of market-driven software product development (MDPD), focusing on pre-project activities. This paper presents results of a comparison between typical properties of agile methods to the needs of MDPD, as well as findings of a case study conducted at Ericsson, an early adopter of agile product development. The results show misalignment between the agile principles and needs of pre-project activities in market-driven development. This misalignment threatens to subtract from the positive aspects of agile development, but maybe more importantly, threaten the overall product development by disabling effective product management.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Market-driven software development, software product management, agile methods, case study