Spotify tailoring for architectural governance

Salameh, Abdallah ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3012-9353 and Bass, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0570-7086 2020, Spotify tailoring for architectural governance , in: XP 2020: Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming – Workshops, 8th-12th June 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Abstract

Organisations usually tailor Agile methods to fit their needs best. Spotify has developed its own Agile culture to facilitate software development for hundreds of developers across multiple cities. The Spotify model has become influential among agile proponents and hence formed the basis of methods used in other organisations. We have identified a lack of research into agile architecture using the Spotify model. To explore How can architectural governance increase the autonomy of teams when using the Spotify model?, an intervention embedded case study was conducted in a multinational FinTech organisation, using the Spotify model. New processes were introduced by developing and evaluating an approach to Agile architectural governance. This approach incorporates a structural change and a change management process. We conducted 6 semi-structured open-ended interviews and direct observations of Agile practices. The collected data was analysed using Thematic Analysis and informed by some Grounded Theory techniques. The practitioners in our study report benefits of this evaluated approach. These benefits include transforming architectural based decision into decentralised based decision-making, strengthening the autonomy of squads through aligning architectural based decisions, sharing the architectural knowledge among the squads, and other benefits. We identify the characteristics and benefits of our evaluated approach to Agile architectural governance using the Spotify model. Also, we identify guidelines and challenges for those wishing to adopt this approach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming – Workshops XP 2020 Workshops, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 8–12, 2020, Revised Selected Papers
Publisher: Springer
Series Name: Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISBN: 9783030588571 (print); 9783030588588 (online)
ISSN: 1865-1348
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2020 16:28
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2020 16:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58717

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