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Towards integrating agile development and risk management
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Responsible organisation
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Risk management has become recognized as a best practice in the software industry. Controlling risks improves essential software development features such as product quality, planning precision and cost-efficiency. For this reason, the inclusion of risk management in software development is an important factor to consider if one wishes to achieve project success.

Agile software development models claim to be risk-driven. They state that their iterative approach enables continuous attention to risks and that the risks can be reduced by practices such as continuous software integration and early testing. In reality, however, the agile development models implement few risk management practices.

The research problem addressed in this thesis is multi-faceted. The problem concerns the lack of explicit risk management practices in agile development. However, it also concerns the need to address risk management on an organization-wide basis. In addition, it concerns the conflict that emerges from trying to merge the agile process with standard industrial processes, such as risk management, without compromising agility.

The goal of this thesis is to explore integration as a solution for addressing the lack of risk management in the agile model based on empirical research. It involves (a) outlining a model integrating the agile and risk management processes on an organization-wide basis, and (b) providing a foundation for its extension.

The results show that, within the scope of this research, the proposed solution is a valid candidate for improving the agile situation. However, it is still in its infancy. It does not claim to be complete but needs to be further elaborated and complemented with details. Hence, we outline the model and provide a foundation established in empirical investigation for extending it in future research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kista: Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap (tills m KTH) , 2008. , 282 p.
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; No. 08-008
National Category
Information Science
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8138ISBN: 978-91-7155-687-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-8138DiVA: diva2:199663
Public defence
2008-09-26, sal C, Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2008-09-15Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Commonalities in risk management and agile process models
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2007 In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA’07), France, August, IEEE Computer Society Press , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society Press, 2007
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25400 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8138Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2008-09-15Bibliographically approved
2. Degree of agility in the pre-implementation phase
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Degree of agility in the pre-implementation phase
2008 In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Process (ICSP’08), Germany, May 2008: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2008
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25401 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8138Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2008-09-15Bibliographically approved
3. Agile implementation phase in two Canadian organizations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Agile implementation phase in two Canadian organizations
2008 In: Proceedings of the 19th Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC’08), Australia, March, IEEE Computer Society Press , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society Press, 2008
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25402 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8138Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2008-09-15Bibliographically approved
4. Software risk management: practice contra standard models
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2008 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH CHALLENGES IN INFORMATION SCIENCE RCIS 2008 Marrakech, June 3-6, Morocco / [ed] Colette Rolland, Martine Collard, Oscar Pastor, André Flory, Jean Louis Cavarero, IEEE Computer Society Press , 2008, 65-70 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Little is known about the compliance of risk management models with the industrial practice and vice versa. In this paper, we compare the industrial risk management practice against a risk management model that we have synthesized from a set of current risk management models. This comparison has resulted in several discrepancies observed. As a result, this paper suggests a list of issues that need to be addressed in both the industrial and standard models.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society Press, 2008
Keyword
lifecycle, comparison, process model, status
National Category
Computer Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25403 (URN)10.1109/RCIS.2008.4632094 (DOI)978-1-4244-1677-6 (ISBN)
Conference
RCIS 2008, Marrakech, June 3-6, Morocco
Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2008-09-15 Last updated: 2012-11-09Bibliographically approved
5. Integrating risk management with software development: state of practice
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2008 (English)In: Proceedings of The International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2008 Vol. I / [ed] S. I. Ao, Oscar Castillo, Craig Douglas, David Dagan Feng, Jeong-A Lee, Newswood Limited , 2008, 878-884 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we investigate the state of practice of integrating risk management with software development in 37 software organizations. We do this by using a set of evaluation criteria covering various process integration aspects. Our results recognize that process integration in this domain is still in its infancy. There is a great need for process integration and process integration models within the industry studied.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newswood Limited, 2008
Keyword
Process model, process integration, agile
National Category
Computer Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25404 (URN)978-988-98671-8-8 (ISBN)
Conference
IMECS 2008, 19-21 March, 2008, Hong Kong
Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2008-09-15 Last updated: 2012-11-09Bibliographically approved
6. Communicating risk in agile and traditional environments
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Communicating risk in agile and traditional environments
2007 In: Proceedings of the 33rd EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA’07), Germany, August, IEEE Computer Society Press , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society Press, 2007
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25405 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8138Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2008-09-15Bibliographically approved
7. Template for communicating information about requirements and their realization
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Template for communicating information about requirements and their realization
2008 In: Proceedings of the 2008 IAENG International Conference on Software Engineering (IAENG ICSE’08), China, March, 2008Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25406 (URN)978-988-98671-8-8 (ISBN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8138Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2008-09-15Bibliographically approved
8. Outlining a model integrating risk management and agile software development
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Outlining a model integrating risk management and agile software development
2008 In: Proceedings of the 34th EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA’08), Italy September, IEEE Computer Society Press , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society Press, 2008
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25407 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8138Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2008-09-15Bibliographically approved

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