ScrumBut in Professional Software Development

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Dan Skøtt Petersen
  • Alexander Kjems Drægert
4. term, Software, Master (Master Programme)
Agile methodologies are widely used in the software industry with Scrum being the most common framework. Scrum has few, well-defined practices, but many companies still deviate from the textbook version. Limited research has investigated the underlying explanation of why. Against this backdrop, we report an investigation of ScrumButs in professional software development based on a multimethod research approach analysing 17 empirical research papers on Scrum modifications and interviews with 9 Scrum practitioners from 7 software companies. ScrumButs were identified pertaining to all parts of the Scrum framework, and the analysis shows how particular ScrumButs may involve different forms of reasoning reflecting different forms of organisational culture. We discuss how these findings may nuance our assessments of ScrumButs beyond implicit value judgments of being inherently good or bad, and how the agility of the modified practices may be affected.
Publication date22 Aug 2016
Number of pages96
KeywordsScrum, ScrumBut, Agile
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