INTRODUCING AGILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AT SAP AG - Change Procedures and Observations in a Global Software Company

Joachim Schnitter, Olaf Mackert

Abstract

This paper describes the change process that is taking place at SAP AG to move the software development processes from a waterfall-like approach to agile methodologies. This change affects about 18,000 developers working at 12 global locations. The paper outlines the procedure to introduce Scrum as an implementation of lean development, and the model chosen to scale Scrum up to large product development projects. The most important observations are described, and an outlook on future improvement is given.

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Schnitter J. and Mackert O. (2010). INTRODUCING AGILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AT SAP AG - Change Procedures and Observations in a Global Software Company . In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE, ISBN 978-989-8425-21-8, pages 132-138. DOI: 10.5220/0003000601320138


in Bibtex Style

@conference{enase10,
author={Joachim Schnitter and Olaf Mackert},
title={INTRODUCING AGILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AT SAP AG - Change Procedures and Observations in a Global Software Company},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,},
year={2010},
pages={132-138},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003000601320138},
isbn={978-989-8425-21-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,
TI - INTRODUCING AGILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AT SAP AG - Change Procedures and Observations in a Global Software Company
SN - 978-989-8425-21-8
AU - Schnitter J.
AU - Mackert O.
PY - 2010
SP - 132
EP - 138
DO - 10.5220/0003000601320138