Acceptance of Agile Methodologies: A Critical Review and Conceptual Framework
Decision Support Systems, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 803–814, 2009
12 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 26, 2011
It is widely believed that systems development methodologies (SDMs) can help improve the software development process. Nevertheless, their deployment often encounters resistance from systems developers. Agile methodologies, the latest batch of SDMs that are most suitable in dealing with volatile business requirements, are likely to face the same challenge as they require developers to drastically change their work habits and acquire new skills. This paper addresses what can be done to overcome the challenge to agile methodologies acceptance. We provide a critical review of the extant literature on the acceptance of traditional SDMs and agile methodologies, and develop a conceptual framework for agile methodologies acceptance based on a knowledge management perspective. This framework can provide guidance for future research into acceptance of agile methodologies, and has implications for practitioners concerned with the effective deployment of agile methodologies.
Keywords: web site development, systems development methods, agile methods, knowledge management, framework
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