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Emergence of Agile Methods: Perceptions from Software Practitioners in Malaysia

Emergence of Agile Methods: Perceptions from Software Practitioners in Malaysia
Emergence of Agile Methods: Perceptions from Software Practitioners in Malaysia
Agile methods are an established process for developing software nowadays. There is, however, less evidence on its usage among software practitioners in Malaysia. While the methods have become mainstream in other regions, that is not the case in this country. This paper empirically investigates the perceptions of Agile methods usage from seven organisations involving 14 software practitioners in Malaysia. Our participants are using Scrum and have a maximum of five years experience. We categorised our findings in terms of awareness, introduction, and challenges they are facing, together with the suggested and practiced solution from them. Interestingly, a change in mind set when practicing Agile was identified to be helpful in reducing the challenges. Lastly we present the practices in Agile they perceived to deliver the most benefits. We found that the use of Agile is still emerging in the country, and awareness is still lacking especially within the government sector. Although several challenges have been encountered when introducing Agile in their organisations, the benefits of Agile are reported to be in Agile practices such as: the involvement from all parties from the beginning, daily stand-up meeting, iterative and incremental, applying burn down chart, sprint and continuous integration. We aim to provide awareness and knowledge about Agile methods to the practitioners in the country and the nearby region. This paper can serve as a reference to the early adopters who intend to use Agile methods in the future.
Software Process, Agile methods, perceptions, awareness, introduction, challenges, benefits, practices.
Asnawi, Ani Liza
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Gravell, Andrew
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Wills, Gary
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Asnawi, Ani Liza
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Gravell, Andrew
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Wills, Gary
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Asnawi, Ani Liza, Gravell, Andrew and Wills, Gary (2012) Emergence of Agile Methods: Perceptions from Software Practitioners in Malaysia. International Conference on Agile and Lean Software Methods (AgileIndia2012), India. 17 - 19 Feb 2012. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Agile methods are an established process for developing software nowadays. There is, however, less evidence on its usage among software practitioners in Malaysia. While the methods have become mainstream in other regions, that is not the case in this country. This paper empirically investigates the perceptions of Agile methods usage from seven organisations involving 14 software practitioners in Malaysia. Our participants are using Scrum and have a maximum of five years experience. We categorised our findings in terms of awareness, introduction, and challenges they are facing, together with the suggested and practiced solution from them. Interestingly, a change in mind set when practicing Agile was identified to be helpful in reducing the challenges. Lastly we present the practices in Agile they perceived to deliver the most benefits. We found that the use of Agile is still emerging in the country, and awareness is still lacking especially within the government sector. Although several challenges have been encountered when introducing Agile in their organisations, the benefits of Agile are reported to be in Agile practices such as: the involvement from all parties from the beginning, daily stand-up meeting, iterative and incremental, applying burn down chart, sprint and continuous integration. We aim to provide awareness and knowledge about Agile methods to the practitioners in the country and the nearby region. This paper can serve as a reference to the early adopters who intend to use Agile methods in the future.

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Submitted date: 2012
Additional Information: Accepted as a full paper. Event Dates: 17-19 February 2012
Venue - Dates: International Conference on Agile and Lean Software Methods (AgileIndia2012), India, 2012-02-17 - 2012-02-19
Keywords: Software Process, Agile methods, perceptions, awareness, introduction, challenges, benefits, practices.
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems

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Local EPrints ID: 273052
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/273052
PURE UUID: a7b793ca-c100-4a15-935b-fa1bd60b5f31
ORCID for Gary Wills: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5771-4088

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Date deposited: 08 Dec 2011 11:23
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:03

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Author: Ani Liza Asnawi
Author: Andrew Gravell
Author: Gary Wills ORCID iD

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