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Thursday, May 25 • 16:30 - 16:45
On the Usage and Benefits of Agile Methods & Practices

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Context
Within the automotive domain, agile methods and practices cannot always be applied following the pure doctrine, due to e.g. automotive standards, supplier-contractor-relationship or organizational characteristics.

Objective
Since software became a major part of the car, we were interested in identifying which agile practices (and methods) are used and adapted in an automotive domain at Bosch. Furthermore, we were interested in the reasons for using them.

Method
Therefore, we conducted a multi-case study with nine interviews from five different Bosch projects. Results: Similar to common agile surveys, our results showed a strong focus on Scrum. However, most of the Scrum practices are adapted and deviate from the original ones due to the specific project context. Practices from other agile methods, e.g. XP or Lean Development are used as well to extend Scrum. We were further able to collect the benefits of the single practices, most often resulting in improved transparency and planning.

Conclusions
The results show a widespread usage, but also adaptation of agile development in the automotive domain, at least in the early project phases that were covered by the case study. The study results will be used to support automotive projects in selecting and applying agile practices according to their specific process improvement goals.


Philipp Diebold and Udo Mayer


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Philipp Diebold

Project Manager, Fraunhofer IESE
I am a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering leading the topic of agile development in the Process Engineering department. Furthermore, I am doing his PhD at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern on the topic of agile development in reg... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 16:30 - 16:45
Ballroom C 1st Floor

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