Product innovation with Scrum : a longitudinal case study

Abdul, A, Bass, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0570-7086, Ghavimi, H and Adam, P 2017, Product innovation with Scrum : a longitudinal case study , in: International Conference of the Information Society, 17-19 July 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

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Abstract

This paper describes the innovation processes used in a partnership between a company that provides asset integrity and maintenance management consulting services in the energy sector and a university. The challenge faced by the company is to make their in-house expertise more readily available to a worldwide audience. A longitudinal embedded case study has been used to investigate how installable desktop software applications have been redesigned to create a new set of cloud hosted software services. The innovation team adapted an agile scrum process to include exploratory prototyping and manage the geographical distribution of the team members. A minimum viable product was developed that integrated functional elements of previous software tools into an end-to-end data collection, analysis and visualisation product called AimHi which uses a cloud-hosted web services approach. The paper illustrates how the scrum software development method was tailored for a product innovation context. Extended periods of evaluation and reflection (field trials), prototyping and requirement refinement were combined with periods of incremental feature development using sprints. The AimHi product emerged from a technology transfer and innovation project that has successfully reconciled conflicting demands from customers, universities, partner companies and project staff members.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: International Conference of the Information Society
Publisher: Infonomics Society
Funders: Innovate UK and Add Energy Ltd
Depositing User: Dr Julian M. Bass
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2017 10:35
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2017 14:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/44082

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