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Innovation in software development: Lean and agiles effects on slack time and innovation in a large enterprise
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Computing Science.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The software industry is growing and companies are forced to respond to the increased competition by innovating while at the same time making their organizations as efficient as possible. Many companies are adapting Lean and Agile software development to satisfy the customer and deliver faster. Previous research shows that it's hard to balance innovation and efficiency and also that while slack time is important for innovation it sometimes is eliminated during waste elimination in the Lean philosophy.

The aim of this research is to explore how Lean and Agile software development affects slack time and innovation within a large organization. To achieve this this thesis has studied how the implementation of Lean and Agile software development within a subsidiary of a large global technology company, has affected innovation. This study has been done using qualitative semi-structured interviews.

This research shows that a clash between Lean and Agile structures with more traditional ones may cause lack of slack time due to resource optimization and takes away from time that could be spent on innovation pursuits. It also appears that Lean and Agile software development implemented in a large company potentially favors process innovations over product innovations and incremental innovation over radical innovation.

A possible means to aid both the ideation and productification phases of innovation within a software development organization could be to have true cross-functional teams where developers have more contact with product management and customers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 62 p.
UPTEC F, ISSN 1401-5757 ; 16009
Keyword [en]
Innovation, Lean, Agile, Software Development, Slack time
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283049OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-283049DiVA: diva2:919114
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Master Programme in Engineering Physics
Available from: 2016-05-11 Created: 2016-04-09 Last updated: 2016-05-11Bibliographically approved

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