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Tuesday, May 23 • 15:30 - 15:45
Exploring Workflow Mechanisms and Task Allocation Strategies in Agile Software Teams

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Task allocation is considered to be an important activity in project management, independent of the method used for software development. However, the process of allocating tasks in agile software development teams has not been a focus of empirical research. This research used case study research method and involved semi-structured interviews with 12 agile software practitioners working within a software development organization in India. The results explain the process of task allocation including four different mechanisms of workflow across teams: team independent, team dependent, skillset/module dependent and hybrid workflow. These include some common set of practices whereas others are team-specific factors. Furthermore, five different types of task allocation strategies were identified based on increasing levels of team and individual autonomy: individual-driven, manager-driven, team-driven, manager assisted and team assisted. Knowing these workflow mechanisms and task allocation strategies will help software teams and project managers to make effective distribution and allocation of tasks for smooth agile software development. Future research can suggest alternative methods to overcome the hurdles faced by agile teams during allocation of tasks.

Zainab Masood, Rashina Hoda and Kelly Blincoe

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Zainab Masood

PHD Student, University of Auckland
Agile Software Development, Software Engineering, Software Testing , Agile Practices, Self-Assignment as Task Allocation Agile Practice

Tuesday May 23, 2017 15:30 - 15:45 CEST
Ballroom B 1st Floor