Agility from first principles: Reconstructing the concept of agility in information systems development

  • Conboy K
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Abstract

This study proposes that there are a number of significant conceptual shortcomings with agile methods and the associated literature in its current state, includ- ing a lack of clarity, theoretical glue, parsimony, limited applicability, and naivety regarding the evolution of the concept of agility in fields outside systems development. Furthermore, this has significant implications for practitioners, rendering agile method comparison and many other activities very difficult, especially in instances such as distributed development and large teams that are not conducive to many of the commercial agile meth- ods. This study develops a definition and formative taxonomy of agility in an ISD context, based on a structured literature review of agility across a number of disciplines.

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  • Agile
  • Agile management
  • Agile manufacturing
  • Conceptual research
  • Systems development

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  • Kieran Conboy

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