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The views of experts on the current state of agile method tailoring


Conboy, Kieran; Fitzgerald, Brian;

Institution: Springer
Subject Keywords: agile method; tailoring; systems development; software development; delphi; expert opinion;

As stated in the conference theme, the failure of information systems and
information technology projects remains stubbornly high. Agile methods have
recently emerged as a new and seemingly popular alternative approach to
systems development. Purveyors of these methods claim they solve many of the
problems that have plagued the field for over 40 years, and there is now
anecdotal evidence to suggest that these benefits are being realized and that
diffusion of agile methods is rapidly increasing. However, a key factor in the
diffusion of any technology or method is its ability to be customized.
Innovative customization, tailoring, and fragmentation of systems development
methods are viewed by many as a necessary step to avoid project failure like
so many projects in the past. The ability to tailor any method is considered
critically important given the complex and unique nature of each and every
ISD environment, and in particular, one would logically expect that a method
labeled as agile should be malleable. However, it is still unclear whether agile
methods are amenable to tailoring. On one hand, purveyors of these methods
advocate and often recommend tailoring. On the other hand, however,
tailoring of agile methods has been described as a potential minefield due to
the fact that their practices are interconnected, synergistic, and socially
embedded in the development effort. This study develops a better understanding
of agile method tailoring in practice through semi-structured delphi.

Suggested citation:

Conboy, Kieran; Fitzgerald, Brian; . () The views of experts on the current state of agile method tailoring [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th January 2019].


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