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Multi-Objective Iteration Planning in Agile Development

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • An agile software project typically has a number of iterations (e.g. sprints in Scrum), in each of which the development team designs, implements, tests and delivers a distinct product increment. An important activity in agile development is iteration planning where the team needs to decide what should be done (in terms of issues or user stories) for the upcoming iteration. In this paper, we propose a multi-objective search-based approach to support the team in making such a decision. Our approach employs evolutionary techniques to iteratively generate candidate selections of issues for a given iteration, and search for the optimal selection(s). The search is guided simultaneously by two objectives: maximizing the business value which the team delivers in the iteration while maximizing the alignment with regard to the iteration's original goal. Our evaluation of 233 iterations from six large open source projects demonstrates the effectiveness of our approach.

UOW Authors


  •   Al-Zubaidi, Wisam (external author)
  •   Dam, Hoa
  •   Choetkiertikul, Morakot (external author)
  •   Ghose, Aditya

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Al-Zubaidi, W., Dam, H. Khanh., Choetkiertikul, M. & Ghose, A. (2018). Multi-Objective Iteration Planning in Agile Development. Proceedings: 25th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC (pp. 484-493). United States: IEEE.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85066800924

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers1/2835

Start Page


  • 484

End Page


  • 493

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • An agile software project typically has a number of iterations (e.g. sprints in Scrum), in each of which the development team designs, implements, tests and delivers a distinct product increment. An important activity in agile development is iteration planning where the team needs to decide what should be done (in terms of issues or user stories) for the upcoming iteration. In this paper, we propose a multi-objective search-based approach to support the team in making such a decision. Our approach employs evolutionary techniques to iteratively generate candidate selections of issues for a given iteration, and search for the optimal selection(s). The search is guided simultaneously by two objectives: maximizing the business value which the team delivers in the iteration while maximizing the alignment with regard to the iteration's original goal. Our evaluation of 233 iterations from six large open source projects demonstrates the effectiveness of our approach.

UOW Authors


  •   Al-Zubaidi, Wisam (external author)
  •   Dam, Hoa
  •   Choetkiertikul, Morakot (external author)
  •   Ghose, Aditya

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Al-Zubaidi, W., Dam, H. Khanh., Choetkiertikul, M. & Ghose, A. (2018). Multi-Objective Iteration Planning in Agile Development. Proceedings: 25th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC (pp. 484-493). United States: IEEE.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85066800924

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers1/2835

Start Page


  • 484

End Page


  • 493

Place Of Publication


  • United States