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A coevolving systems approach to the organization of agile software

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dc.contributor.author Vidgen, Richard
dc.contributor.author Wang, Xiaofeng
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-18T22:54:53Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-18T22:54:53Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/575
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Despite the popularity of agile methods in software development and increasing adoption by organizations there is debate about what agility is and how it is achieved. The debate suffers from a lack of understanding of agile concepts and how agile software development is practised. This paper develops a framework for the organization of agile software development that identifies enablers and inhibitors of agility and the emergent capabilities of agile teams. The work is grounded in complex adaptive systems (CAS) and draws on three principles of coevolving systems: match coevolutionary change rate, maximise self-organizing, and synchronize exploitation and exploration. These principles are used to study the processes of two software development teams, one a team using eXtreme Programming (XP) and the other a team using a more traditional, waterfall-based development cycle. From the cases a framework for the organisation of agile software development is developed. Time pacing, self-management with discipline and routinisation of exploration are among the agile enablers found in the cases studies while event pacing, centralised management and lack of resources allocated to exploration are found to be inhibitors to agility. Emergent capabilities of agile teams that are identified from the research include coevolution of business value, sustainable working with rhythm, sharing and team learning, and collective mindfulness. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Informations Systems Research;20/ 3/ pp. 355-376
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/isre.1090.0237
dc.subject agile software development en_US
dc.subject complex adaptive systems en_US
dc.subject coevolving systems en_US
dc.subject time-pacing en_US
dc.subject rhythm en_US
dc.title A coevolving systems approach to the organization of agile software 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.contributor.sponsor SFI

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