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Julian Bass is researching how communities adapt and use digital technologies. He has published findings in ICT for International Development, agile software development methodologies and socio-technical systems engineering (See Citation List).


Dr Bass is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at University of Salford, Co-Chair of the IFIP Working Group Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2017 and a Senior Editor of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC).


Julian was formerly secretary of the IFIP Working Group on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries.

Previously Dr Bass was the Higher Education IT Advisor at the Higher Education Strategy Centre (an agency of the Ministry of Education) in Ethiopia.

He co-authored and edited the national Computing Guidance Notes and Benchmark document now in use in the country.



Influences on Agile Practice Tailoring in Enterprise Software Development

Influences on Agile Practice Tailoring in Enterprise Software Development



Julian M. Bass


Agile development projects have become a reality in large enterprises using offshore development models. A case study involving seven international companies with offices in Bangalore, India, and London, UK was conducted, including interviews with 19 practitioners. The contribution of this paper is to illustrate the reasons for tailoring Agile practices within the context of large enterprises. The findings show that scrum roles and practices did not conflict with enterprise policies or processes and were thought to improve product quality and productivity. However, agile practices from the XP tradition were not so widely adopted. Test driven development did not integrate well within enterprises where independent quality assurance teams were constituted as separate departments. Continuous integration was found to be challenging where enterprise software products required time consuming regression testing and elaborate code release processes. While adoption of coding standards and collective code ownership are necessary to facilitate interaction between disparate stakeholder groups.

Full paper available for download from IEEE Xplore

AGILE India (AGILE INDIA), 2012 , pp.1-9, 17-19 Feb. 2012

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