Coordinating User-Developer Efforts in Extreme Programming: A Control-Theoretic Approach

6 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2006

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Subodha Kumar

Temple University - Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Anjana Susarla

Michigan State University - The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Vijay Mookerjee

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management

Abstract

Extreme programming (XP) calls for intense participation by users to ensure that systems are developed to meet current needs, yet be flexible enough to adapt to future needs [Beck, 2000]. In XP projects, it is crucial for developers to align their efforts with those of the users that are allocated to the project so that the goals of the development activity from the perspective of the organization are achieved. We consider an optimal control model of extreme programming where user and developer efforts (the control variables) are optimally chosen during the development period to maximize net system value (system value minus user and developer effort). Unlike most previous research, our problem incorporates both demand side (user value) and supply side (developer and user effort) considerations in software development.

Keywords: Extreme Programming, Optimal Control Theory, Coordination, Developer, User

JEL Classification: C61, D61

Suggested Citation

Kumar, Subodha and Susarla, Anjana and Mookerjee, Vijay, Coordinating User-Developer Efforts in Extreme Programming: A Control-Theoretic Approach. 15th Annual Workshop on Information Technolgies & Systems (WITS) Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=885435 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.885435

Subodha Kumar (Contact Author)

Temple University - Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Anjana Susarla

Michigan State University - The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824-1121
United States

Vijay Mookerjee

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management ( email )

P.O. Box 830688
Richardson, TX 75083-0688
United States

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