Organization of testing in internal startups

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Title: Organization of testing in internal startups
Author: Laine, Eero-Veikko
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science
Thesis level: master's thesis
Abstract: Internal startups are new ventures launched by companies seeking ways for radical innovation. Conceptually part of Lean Startup, they are strongly influenced by independent startup companies and agile software methodology. Internal startups favor a "lean" approach to their organization, usually have minimal resources and are expected to produce results fast. This thesis explores how to organize testing effectively in the difficult conditions internal startups operate in. We conducted a case study where we interviewed five IT professionals associated with an internal startup in a global IT service and software company. To systematically analyze the material collected in the interviews, we applied thematic synthesis. Our results suggest that the organization of testing in internal startups is affected by the resources provided by the startup's parent company, as well as the demands presented by the company. Our results also suggest that the lean approach favored by internal startups can have a negative effect on testing and product quality. These results are supported by the existing literature on the subject. ACM Classification: • Software and its engineering~Software testing and debugging • Social and professional topics~Project and people management
URI: URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201804131691
Date: 2018
Subject: Internal Startup
Lean startup
Software testing
Discipline: Tietojenkäsittelytiede

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