Scrum for Product Innovation: A Longitudinal Embedded Case Study

J. M. Bass, A. O. Abdul, H. Ghavimi, N. MacRae, P. Adam
2018 International Journal of Multimedia and Image Processing  
This article describes the tailored product innovation processes used in a partnership between Add Latent Ltd., an asset integrity and maintenance management consulting services provider in the energy sector and University of Salford. The challenge faced by the company is to make their inhouse expertise more readily available to a worldwide audience. A longitudinal embedded case study has been used to investigate how installable desktop software applications have been redesigned to create a new
more » ... set of cloud hosted software services. The innovation team adapted an agile scrum process to include exploratory prototyping and manage the geographical distribution of the team members. A minimum viable product was developed that integrated functional elements of previous software tools into an end-to-end data collection, analysis and visualisation product called AimHi which uses a cloud-hosted web services approach. Field trials were conducted using the software at the Uniper, Isle of Grain power station in Kent, UK. Enhancements were made to the AimHi product which was adopted for use at the Uniper site. The product emerged from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership which was evaluated on completion by Innovate UK and awarded the highest possible "outstanding" grade. Extended periods of evaluation and reflection, prototyping and requirement refinement were combined with periods of incremental feature development using sprints. The AimHi product emerged from a technology transfer and innovation project that has successfully reconciled conflicting demands from customers, universities, partner companies and project staff members.
doi:10.20533/ijmip.2042.4647.2018.0051 fatcat:s2ng7pho6nazxppc6c4hlmfvem