Barriers to Learning in Agile Software Development Projects

Jeffry S. Babb, Rashina Hoda, Jacob Nørbjerg

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    Abstract

    The adoption of agile methods promises many advantages for individual, team, and organizational learning. However, environmental, structural, and organizational/cultural constraints often find teams adapting agile software development methods rather than engaging in full adoption. We present results from two qualitative studies of teams and organizations that have, in many cases, adapted agile software methods to suit their needs through the omission or alteration of aspects of the method. In many cases, aspects of an agile method that are most related to learning were those that were modified or omitted. This paper utilizes the results of these studies to identify common and emergent barriers to learning. Often these barriers to learning exist according to organizational culture and the extent to which that culture influences attitudes, norms, and behaviors pertaining to learning. We present these barriers to learning and provide insight to the causes, effects, and potential ameliorations for these barriers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAgile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming : 14th International Conference, XP 2013, Vienna, Austria, June 3-7, 2013. Proceedings
    EditorsHubert Baumeister, Barbara Weber
    Place of PublicationHeidelberg
    PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
    Publication date2013
    Pages1-15
    ISBN (Print)9783642383137
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642383144
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe 14th International Conference on Agile Software Development. XP 2013 - NH Danube City Hotel, Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 3 Jun 20137 Jun 2013
    Conference number: 14
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    Conference

    ConferenceThe 14th International Conference on Agile Software Development. XP 2013
    Number14
    LocationNH Danube City Hotel
    CountryAustria
    CityVienna
    Period03/06/201307/06/2013
    Internet address
    SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
    Volume149
    ISSN1865-1348

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