Using Factor Analysis to Generate Clusters of Agile Practices

Abbas, Noura, Gravell, Andy and Wills, Gary (2010) Using Factor Analysis to Generate Clusters of Agile Practices. In, Agile 2010, Orlando, Florida, 09 - 13 Aug 2010.


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In this paper, factor analysis is applied on a set of data that was collected to study the effectiveness of 58 different agile practices. The analysis extracted 15 factors; each was associated with a list of practices. These factors with the associated practices can be used as a guide for agile process improvement. Correlations between the extracted factors were calculated, and the significant correlation findings suggested that people who applied iterative and incremental development and quality assurance practices had a high success rate, that communication with the customer was not very popular as it had negative correlations with governance and iterative and incremental development. Also, people who applied governance practices also applied quality assurance practices. Interestingly success rate related negatively with traditional analysis methods such as Gantt chart and detailed requirements specification.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Event Dates: August 9 - 13
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Electronic & Software Systems
ePrint ID: 271291
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August 2010Published
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010 09:44
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:18
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