XP in a Small Software Development Business: Adapting to Local Constraints

Jeffry Babb, Rashina Hoda, Jacob Nørbjerg

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While small software development shops have trended towards the adoption of Agile methods, local conditions and high iteration pressure typically cause adaptations and appropriations of Agile methods. This paper shares evidence from a study concerning how a small software development company adopts and adapts, XP to suit their business. Based on a Dialogical Action Research project, the study reflects on the conditions leading to Agile process adaptation, and why ad hoc and “a la carte” approaches may be problematic. Limitations and drawbacks to aspects of XP are also discussed. The Agile practices most sustainable for small shop teams, with process maintenance and viability as a goal, are highlighted.
Translated title of the contributionXP i en lille softwareorganisation: Tilpasning til lokale betingelser
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Contributions in IS Research : 5th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2014, Ringsted, Denmark August 10-13, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Publication dateAug 2014
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014
EventScandinavian Conference on Information Systems: Designing Human Technologies - Sørup Herregaard, Ringsted, Denmark
Duration: 10 Aug 201413 Aug 2014
Conference number: 5


ConferenceScandinavian Conference on Information Systems
LocationSørup Herregaard
SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing


  • Agile methods
  • method adoption
  • method adaption
  • local conditions
  • process evolution


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