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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTampere
PublisherTampereen teknillinen yliopisto
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)978-952-15-2660-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

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NameTampere University of Technology. Department of Software Systems. Report
PublisherTampereen teknillinen yliopisto
ISSN (Print)1797-836X


This document presents the results of interview survey on Scrum practices and practices of architecture work in agile development methods. Survey was carried out between September and December in 2010 and 12 companies participated in the survey. The survey was carried out by interviewing architects, designer and managers of the companies. So called Nokia test was used as a part of interview questions to find out how agile companies are. In addition, Nokia test reveals much about the Scrum practices used in a company. Other questions of the interview concerned the architecture work in Scrum. The results do not present the practices or agility of the whole company. The results are in many cases based on views of single design team or views of couple of teams. The main results include research on which Scrum practices are widely adopted and which are not. The results show that many companies are struggling with the Product Owner role. Product Owner role is in many cases the bottleneck as there are so many responsibilities for the Product Owner. Furthermore, sometimes the Product Owner role is completely neglected and the Scrum team is working directly with the customer or Product Owner is taken from the team and there is a long chain of managers between Product Owner and the customer. The results also show that there are at least three way to carry out architecture design while using Scrum: Sprint 0, separated architecture process and creating the architecture in sprints by the team. These approaches have their own pros and cons and there is no one answer which of them should be used. One should inspect and adapt and choose which approach suits the best the situation at hand.

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