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Agility from first principles : reconstructing the concept of agility in information systems development

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dc.contributor.author Conboy, Kieran
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-18T22:46:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-18T22:46:46Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/574
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Awareness and use of agile methods has grown rapidly among the information systems development (ISD) community in recent years. Like most previous methods, the development and promotion of these methods have been almost entirely driven by practitioners and consultants, with little participation from the research community during the early stages of evolution. While these methods are now the focus of more and more research efforts, most studies are still based on XP, Scrum, and other industry-driven foundations, with little or no conceptual studies of ISD agility in existence. As a result, this study proposes that there are a number of significant conceptual shortcomings with agile methods and the associated literature in its current state, including a lack of clarity, theoretical glue, parsimony, limited applicability, and naivety regarding the evolution of the concept of agility in fields outside systems development. Furthermore, this has significant implications for practitioners, rendering agile method comparison and many other activities very difficult, especially in instances such as distributed development and large teams that are not conducive to many of the commercial agile methods. This study develops a definition and formative taxonomy of agility in an ISD context, based on a structured literature review of agility across a number of disciplines, including manufacturing and management where the concept originated, matured, and has been applied and tested thoroughly over time. The application of the texonomy in practice is then demonstrated through a series of thought trials conducted in a large multinational organization. The intention is that the definition and taxonomy can then be used as a starting point to study ISD method agility regardless of whether the method is XP or Scrum, agile or traditional, complete or fragmented, out-of-the-box or in-house, used as is or tailored to suit the project context. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Information Systems Research;20/ 3/ pp. 329–354
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/isre.1090.0236
dc.subject agile management en_US
dc.subject conceptual research en_US
dc.subject systems development en_US
dc.subject agile manufacturing en_US
dc.title Agility from first principles : reconstructing the concept of agility in information systems development en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI

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