Agile Needs FBM

  • Jean-Paul KosterEmail author
  • Roel Baardman
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11231)


Although many organisations switch to agile methods for achieving desired changes, reality is that in spite of all efforts certain areas are not organized for agile. In particular changes in organisation and processes are by structure more fit for a waterfall approach. Unless of course this structure is also improved. By default, an organisation maintains an organisation diagram, a process diagram, a data model, and sometimes rules and definitions, without integration. A user story would focus on changing one of these elements. The idea of agile however is that a user story leads to an MVP (Minimal Viable Product), delivered in just 1 sprint of a few weeks. An MVP must be a product that is ready for use, i.e. by software developers and in this case consists of an integrated set of organisational, process, and data models, with the rules and definitions, that precisely match the user story.


Fact-based modelling Agile Scrum MVP User story Integration Modelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PNA GroupHeerlenThe Netherlands

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