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Understanding agility in software development through a complex adaptive systems perspective

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dc.contributor.author Wang, Xiaofeng
dc.contributor.author Conboy, Kieran
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-20T13:04:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-20T13:04:03Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2105
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Agile software development methods have emerged in recent years and have become increasingly popular since the start of the century. While much research claims to study agile methods, the meaning of agility itself in software development is yet to be fully understood. Agility is viewed by some as the antithesis of plan, structure discipline and bureaucracy. This study aims to develop a better understanding of agility, using the key concepts of Complex Adaptive Systems as a theoretical lens. The study explores agility from several different angles, including autonomous team, stability and uncertainty, and team learning. A multiple case study research method was employed. The findings of the study emphasize that agility is manifested as stability and discipline, which are just as desirable as flexibility, and context sharing is of the same value and importance as knowledge sharing. In addition, the collective nature of learning is underlined. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 17th European Conference on Information Systems;2009
dc.subject agility en_US
dc.subject complex adaptive systems en_US
dc.subject autonomy en_US
dc.subject stability en_US
dc.title Understanding agility in software development through a complex adaptive systems perspective en_US
dc.type Conference item en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI


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