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Thursday, May 25 • 16:30 - 17:00
Enhancing Agile Team Collaboration Through the Use of Large Digital Multi-Touch Cardwalls

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Agile software development has become mainstream, and with it many tools have been developed to support Agile software development. Nonetheless, studies show, that most Agile software teams still also use physical cardboards for their daily work. This is error prone and causes a lot of extra effort to keep both in sync. In our research project we analyzed what the reason for this media break is, and developed concepts and the software prototype, aWall, which provides agile teams a digital collaborative workspace based on large multi-touch walls, and avoids the media break. To evaluate the usability and effectiveness of the aWall in the daily work, we conducted a user study with 11 software practitioners. Our findings indicate that the practitioners valued aWall as it enabled and encouraged team work due to the large size of the wall, accessibility and visibility of the needed information, the possibility of customization of the interface, and the integration with existing issue tracking tools. Based on this work, we suggest that augmenting digital cardwalls with large interactive touch technology and integration with task tracking systems is a useful way to support effective collaborative Agile software development processes.

Martin Kropp, Craig Anslow and Magdalena Mateescu

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Martin Kroop

Professor for Software Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
Martin is professor for Software Engineering at the Institute of Mobile and Distributed Systems at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. His main interest is in everything that makes software development more efficient, including build automation, testing... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 16:30 - 17:00
Ballroom B 1st Floor

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