Finnish enterprise agile transformations: A survey study

Petri Kettunen*, Maarit Laanti, Fabian Fagerholm, Tommi Mikkonen, Tomi Männistö

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Modern large software-intensive development organizations are nowadays more and more often believed to transform their structures and operations towards large-scale agility in search for higher performances. Based on a survey conducted in Finland in 2018, in this paper we explore the current state of the affairs with respect to how extensively organizations are actually transforming themselves, in what ways this takes place in practice and for what goals. Most of the respondents were in large organizations. The results show that the majority of the surveyed respondents indicated that their organizations have conducted agile transformations or are currently doing so. Different strategies and tactics have been used in the transformations, but markedly the respondents reported most that the company has had external consultants (subcontracting) to assist in the change. The most important goals aimed to be achieved with agile means were productivity and quality (operative) and responsiveness to customer/market changes (new features). Notably only very few respondents reported their organizations to be currently non-agile (do not use at all agile methods in software development).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming – Workshops - XP 2019 Workshops, Proceedings
EditorsRashina Hoda
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030301255
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Agile Software Development - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 May 201925 May 2019
Conference number: 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


ConferenceInternational Conference on Agile Software Development
Abbreviated titleXP


  • Agile transformation
  • Enterprise agile
  • Large-scale agile software development
  • Scaled agile
  • Survey


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