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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Chan, Frank K. Y. and Thong, James Y.L., Acceptance of Agile Methodologies: A Critical Review and Conceptual Framework (December 26, 2011). Decision Support Systems, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 803–814, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1976955

Frank K. Y. Chan

ESSEC Business School ( email )

3 Avenue Bernard Hirsch
CS 50105 CERGY
CERGY, CERGY PONTOISE CEDEX 95021
France

James Y.L. Thong (Contact Author)

HKUST Business School ( email )

Clear Water Bay
Kowloon
Hong Kong

HOME PAGE: http://jthong.people.ust.hk/

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