The effects of team backlog dependencies on agile multiteam systems: A graph theoretical approach

  • Scheerer A
  • Bick S
  • Hildenbrand T
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Abstract

In agile software development, the prioritization of backlog items is
the mission-critical responsibility of the product owners in order to
maximize the customer value created by development teams. However, in
the reality of large-scale development, the degree of freedom for such a
prioritization is substantially restricted by various types of
interdependencies between backlog items. In this work, we show, using a
graph theoretical approach, the relation between the degree of freedom
for prioritization and the occurrence of dependencies. To the best of
our knowledge, the breadth and depth of such consequences has never been
modeled or investigated up until now. Based on our results, we derive
implications for real-world large-scale software development in agile
environments.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Backlog
  • Coordination
  • Large-scale agile development
  • Prioritization

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Authors

  • Alexander Scheerer

  • Saskia Bick

  • Tobias Hildenbrand

  • Armin Heinzl

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