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Sustaining Agile Beyond Adoption

Barroca, Leonor; Gregory, Peggy; Kuusinen, Kati; Sharp, Helen and AlQaisi, Raid (2018). Sustaining Agile Beyond Adoption. In: Proceedings - 44th Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications: SEAA 2018 (Bures, Tomas and Angelis, Lefteris eds.), Prague pp. 22–25.

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Agile approaches are adopted in industry to improve outcomes from software development, and are increasingly the subject of research studies. However, adoption is not the end of the story. Agile requires on-going change and commitment in order to become sustainable and embedded within teams and organisations. This study explores current perceptions of post-adoptive agility. We asked 50 practitioners ‘what does agile sustainability mean to you?’. Analysis of practitioner comments identified four themes: being completely agile, independent, focused on business value and need, and consistent across time. Post-adoptive agile is an under-researched area, there is inconsistent use of terminology, and there is a gap between practitioners’ and researchers’ perceptions about what is important for sustaining agile.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 IEEE
ISBN: 1-5386-7383-5, 978-1-5386-7383-6
Extra Information: Originally presented at the 44th Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA), Prague, Czech Republic, 29-31 Aug 2018.
Keywords: agile sustainability; post-adoptive agile use; practitioner study; agile methods
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 58207
Depositing User: Leonor Barroca
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 11:12
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 12:07
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