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Designing a capability-centric web tool to support agile team composition and task allocation: A work in progress
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0983-8817
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
2018 (English)In: 2018 IEEE/ACM 11TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON COOPERATIVE AND HUMAN ASPECTS OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (CHASE), IEEE Computer Society , 2018, Vol. F137813, p. 41-44Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A significant number of studies reported models for competence profiling, measuring capabilities of professionals and recommendation systems for roles within agile software development (ASD). These models coordinated in human resource management within ASD. However, in the light of swift, incremental and iterative nature of ASD practices, designing solutions that easily integrate capability measurements with ongoing project management routines, is an important area for investigation. With the support of interviews, grounded theory procedure and workshops, we identified the aspects valued by our industrial collaborator while allocating professionals to tasks. This information was further utilized towards devising a framework for capability-centric Web tool. This tool provides a one-stop solution for project managers to create projects, keep track of capabilities and execute allocation routines. © 2018 ACM.

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IEEE Computer Society , 2018. Vol. F137813, p. 41-44
Keywords [en]
agile software development, capability measurement, competence, software project management, software tools, Computer aided software engineering, Human resource management, Project management, Grounded theory, Industrial collaborators, Keep track of, Project managers, Work in progress, Software design
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Software Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-16939DOI: 10.1145/3195836.3195855ISI: 000449617900009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85051223005ISBN: 9781450357258 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-16939DiVA, id: diva2:1241568
Conference
11th ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering, CHASE, Gothenburg
Available from: 2018-08-24 Created: 2018-08-24 Last updated: 2019-10-16Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Which Abilities and Attitudes Matter Most?: Understanding and Investigating Capabilities in Industrial Agile Contexts
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Which Abilities and Attitudes Matter Most?: Understanding and Investigating Capabilities in Industrial Agile Contexts
2019 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Over the past decades, advancements in the software industry and the prevalence of Agile Software Development (ASD) practices have increased the prominence of individual and interpersonal skills. The humancentric nature of ASD practices makes it imperative to identify and to assign a capable professional to a team. While capabilities of professionals influence team performance and lead the path to a project’s success, the area of capability measurement in ASD remains largely unexplored.

Objectives: This thesis aims to aggregate evidence from both the state of the art and practice to understand capability measurement in ASD. Further, to support research and practice towards composing agile teams, this thesis also investigates the effects of capability measures on team-level aspects (team performance and team climate) within industrial contexts.

Method: A mixed-methods approach was employed to address the thesis’ objectives. A Systematic Literature Review (SLR) and an industrial survey were conducted to identify and gather evidence in relation to individual and team capability measures, which are pertinent to ASD context. A case study and another industrial survey were carried out to provide insights and extend support towards agile team composition.

Results: Our SLR results showed that a major portion of former studies discussed capability measures in relation to affective, communication, interpersonal and personal aspects. Results from our survey also aligned with these findings, where, measures associated with the aforementioned aspects were observed to be widely known to practitioners and were also perceived by them as highly relevant in ASD contexts. Our case study conducted at a small-sized organization revealed multiple professional capability measures to be affecting team performance. Whereas, our survey conducted at a large-sized organization identified an individual’s ability to easily get along with other team members (agreeableness personality trait) to have a significant positive influence on the person’s perceived level of team climate.

Conclusion: In this thesis, the empirical evidence gathered by employing mixed-methods and examining diverse organizational contexts, contributed towards better realization of capability measurement in ASD. In order to extend support towards team composition in ASD, this thesis presents two approaches. The first approach is based on developing an agile support tool that coordinates capability assessments and team composition. The second approach is based on establishing team climate forecasting models that can provide insights about how the perceived level of climate within a team would vary based on its members’ personalities. However, in order to improve both approaches, it is certainly necessary to examine the effects of diverse capability measures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlskrona: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 2019
Series
Blekinge Institute of Technology Licentiate Dissertation Series, ISSN 1650-2140 ; 13
National Category
Software Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-18753 (URN)978-91-7295-386-4 (ISBN)
Presentation
2019-11-20, J1630, BTH, Karlskrona, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-10-22 Created: 2019-10-16 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved

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