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A paradoxical perspective on contradictions in agile software development

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dc.contributor.author Wang, Xiaofeng
dc.contributor.author Ó Conchúir, Eoin
dc.contributor.author Vidgen, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-23T15:19:00Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-23T15:19:00Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2122
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract An ongoing debate on agile methods focuses on the contradictions in software development, especially responding to change vs. following a plan, and people vs. processes. Unlike the ‘either-or’ perspective adopted in the existing agile literature, this paper introduces a paradoxical view on the contradictions in agile software development and uses two agile processes to illustrate it, arguing that a paradoxical perspective can help to gain a better understanding of the nature of and ways of dealing with the contradictions in agile software development. Taking a paradoxical perspective on responding to change vs. following a plan, and people vs. processes, this paper reveals that an agile process is a planning-driven process geared to responding to change, and it is a process that provides a supporting structure for people to learn and to improve their competences. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 16th European Conference on Information Systems;2008
dc.subject contradiction en_US
dc.subject paradox en_US
dc.subject agile methods en_US
dc.subject planning en_US
dc.subject process en_US
dc.title A paradoxical perspective on contradictions in agile software development 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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