New directions on agile methods: a comparative analysis

P. Abrahamsson, J. Warsta, M.T. Siponen, J. Ronkainen
2003 25th International Conference on Software Engineering, 2003. Proceedings.  
Agile software development methods have caught the attention of software engineers and researchers worldwide. Scientific research is yet scarce. This paper reports results from a study, which aims to organize, analyze and make sense out of the dispersed field of agile software development methods. The comparative analysis is performed using the method's life-cycle coverage, project management support, type of practical guidance, fitness-for-use and empirical evidence as the analytical lenses.
more » ... e results show that agile software development methods, without rationalization, cover certain/different phases of the software development life-cycle and most of them do not offer a dequate support for project management. Yet, many methods still attempt to strive for universal solutions (as opposed to situation appropriate) and the empirical evidence is still very limited. Based on the results, new directions are suggested. In principal, it is suggested to place emphasis on methodological quality -not method quantity.
doi:10.1109/icse.2003.1201204 dblp:conf/icse/AbrahamssonWSR03 fatcat:znczcjos45gvdkgjzvn4tqkpbq