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Understanding the Perceived Relevance of Capability Measures: A Survey of Agile Software Development Practitioners
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0983-8817
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science.
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Context: A significant number of studies discussed various human-aspects of software engineers over the past years. However, in the light of swift, incremental and iterative nature of Agile Software Development (ASD) practices, establishing deeper insights into capability measurement is crucial, as both individual and team capability can affect software development performance and project success.

Objective: Our study investigates how agile practitioners perceive the relevance of individual and team level measures, pertaining to professional, social and innovative aspects, for characterizing the capability of an agile team and its members.

Method: We undertook a Web-based survey using a questionnaire built based on the capability measures identified from our previous Systematic Literature Review (SLR). This questionnaire sought information about agile practitioners’ perceptions of individual and team capability measures.

Results: We received 60 usable responses, corresponding to a response rate of 17% from the original sampling frame. Our results indicate that 127 individual and 28 team capability measures were considered as relevant by majority of the practitioners. Our survey also identified seven individual and one team capability measure which have not been previously characterized by our SLR.

Conclusion: In practitioners’ opinion, an agile team member’s state of being answerable or accountable for things within one's control (responsibility) and the ability to feel or express doubt and raise objections (questioning skills), are the two measures that significantly represent the member’s capability. Overall, the findings from our study shed light on the sparsely explored field of capability measurement in ASD. Our results can be helpful to practitioners in reforming their team composition decisions.

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individual capability, team capability, capability measurement, survey, agile software development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-18738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-18738DiVA, id: diva2:1358561
Available from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2019-10-16
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