How explicit risk management is being integrated into agile methods: results from a systematic literature mapping

Marcel Vieira, Jean C. R. Hauck, Santiago Matalonga

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Abstract

Agile software development methods exploit software development characteristics to minimize risks. Although Agile practices tend to mitigate risks, they are often not sufficient to manage project risks in certain scenarios such as in highly regulated domains. In order to understand how explicit risk management is being integrated into Agile software development methods, a Systematic Literature Mapping (SLM) was conducted, which identified 18 studies. Results indicate that the most used Agile method for integrating explicit risk management practices is Scrum. Ten studies present evidence for all PMBOK risk management processes, with the risk identification being the only process covered by all studies. In general, the selected studies indicate that the results of integrating explicit risk management with Agile methods are positive, encompassing improved communication, improved product quality, increased risks visibility, cost reduction, improved team efficiency and time-To-market reduction. Based on the results, we claim that Agile methods are enablers of risk management practices. However, a comprehensive guide that allows for the incorporation of risk management practices into any Agile method still seems to be needed the results presented in this paper can be used as a steppingstone achieving this.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSBQS 2020 - Proceedings of the 19th Brazilian Symposium on Software Quality
EditorsIvan Machado, Heitor Costa, Adriano Albuquerque
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450389235
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020
Event19th Brazilian Symposium on Software Quality, SQBS 2020 - Virtual, Online, Brazil
Duration: 1 Dec 20204 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference19th Brazilian Symposium on Software Quality, SQBS 2020
Country/TerritoryBrazil
CityVirtual, Online
Period1/12/204/12/20

Keywords

  • agile methods
  • literature mapping
  • risk management

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