Is Water-Scrum-Fall Reality? On the Use of Agile and Traditional Development Practices – Accepted at PROFES 2015

by Georgios Theocharis, Marco Kuhrmann, Jürgen Münch, Philipp Diebold

Abstract. For years, agile methods are considered the most promising route toward successful software development, and a considerable number of publications studies the (successful) use of agile methods and reports on the benefits companies have from adopting agile methods. Yet, since the world is not black or white, the question for what happened to the traditional models arises. Are traditional models replaced by agile methods? How is the transformation toward Agile managed, and, moreover, where did it start? With this paper we close a gap in literature by studying the general process use over time to investigate how traditional and agile methods are used. Is there coexistence or do agile methods accelerate the traditional processes’ extinction? The findings of our literature study comprise two major results: Studies and reliable numbers on the general process model use are rare, i.e., we lack quantitative data on the actual process use and, thus, we often lack the ability to ground process-related research in practically relevant issues. Second, despite the assumed dominance of agile methods, our results clearly show that companies enact context-specific hybrid solutions in which traditional and agile development approaches are used in combination.

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Reference:

  • [PDF] [DOI] Georgios Theocharis, Marco Kuhrmann, Jürgen Münch, Philipp Diebold. Is Water-Scrum-Fall Reality? On the Use of Agile and Traditional Development Practices. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES 2015), volume 9459 of LNCS, pages 149-167. Springer-Verlag, 2015.
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    @inproceedings{TKMD15,
    year={2015},
    booktitle={Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES 2015)},
    volume={9459},
    series={LNCS},
    doi={10.1007/978-3-319-26844-6_11},
    title={Is Water-Scrum-Fall Reality? On the Use of Agile and Traditional Development Practices},
    url={http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-26844-6_11},
    publisher={Springer-Verlag},
    keywords={Development Practices, Agile Methods, Software Process, Systematic Literature Review, Comparative Study},
    author={Georgios Theocharis, Marco Kuhrmann, Jürgen Münch, Philipp Diebold},
    pages={149-167}
    }