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Comparing communication effort within the scrum, scrum with Kanban, XP, and Banana development processes

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, EASE 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages258-263
Number of pages6
VolumePart F128635
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348041
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event21st International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, EASE 2017 - Karlskrona, Sweden
Duration: 15 Jun 201716 Jun 2017

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, EASE 2017
CountrySweden
CityKarlskrona
Period15/06/1716/06/17

Abstract

[Context]: Communication plays an important role in any development process. However, communication overhead has been rarely compared among development processes. [Objective]: The goal of this work is to compare the communication overhead and the different channels applied in three agile processes (XP, Scrum, Scrum with Kanban) and in an unstructured process. [Method]: We designed an empirical study asking four teams to develop the same application with the four development processes, and we compare the communication overhead among them. [Results]: As expected, face-to-face communication is most frequently employed in the teams. Scrum with Kanban turned out to be the process that requires the least communication. Unexpectedly, despite requiring much more time to develop the same application, the unstructured process required comparable communication overhead (25% of the total development time) as the agile processes.

Keywords

  • Agile processes, Case study, Communication, Empirical software engineering

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