An Ethnographic study of XP practice

Sharp, Helen and Robinson, Hugh (2004). An Ethnographic study of XP practice. Empirical Software Engineering, 9(4) pp. 353–375.



Agile methods are a response to more rigorous and traditional approaches to software development which are perceived to have failed both customers and software development practitioners. eXtreme Programming (XP) is an example agile method and we report on an ethnographic study of XP practice carried out in a small company developing web-based intelligent advertisements. We identify five characterising themes within XP practice and summarise these findings in terms of XP culture.

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