A Research Agenda for Extending Agile Practices in Software Development and Additional Task Domains

This article is intended to serve as an introduction to this special issue on agile practices. In doing so, we briefly survey a number of key issues that are emerging in the application of agile practices to software development (SWD) and, similarly, examine recent work on extending knowledge about these practices to other task domains. We note that the extant literature on agile practices has been criticized for lacking a theoretical basis and comment on various ways that a theory orientation can enhance the accumulation of knowledge in this area. We also address issues that expand our current understanding of agile practices as they apply to non-SWD tasks. We present a framework for surfacing and discussing some of these emergent issues. We comment on the articles in this special issue and situate them within the research framework. We discuss some of the topics we think are likely to become influential as agile practices move outside the SWD domain and, finally, we present some summarizing observations.
member content locked

Log in or join PMI to gain access

or Join

Advertisement

Advertisement

Related Content

  • PM Network

    Tame the Haters member content locked

    By Fewell, Jesse "We want to be controversial for a moment and propose an end to projects and project management." So goes the opening chapter of #Noprojects: A Culture of Continuous Value, a book published this…

  • PM Network

    Safe & Sound member content locked

    By Thomas, Jen Project manager Cecilie Wang and architect Jakob Gate started with a personal mission rather than a specific project in mind. In late 2016, feeling unfulfilled by the work they were doing in the…

  • PM Network

    Bridge Builders member content locked

    PM Network queried the project management community about keeping virtual teams engaged

  • PM Network

    Agility in Motion member content locked

    Electric bikes aren't exactly known for their aesthetics. But, with its most recent product-development project, the French upstart Coleen looks to change that, taking Jean Prové's classic World War…

  • PM Network

    Degrees of Uncertainty registered user content locked

    By Fewell, Jesse If you've never heard project managers debate the merits of agile, here's a quick summary. A gruff project manager says, "Since your agile approach doesn't fit my oil exploration projects, it's not…

Advertisement

Publishing or acceptance of an advertisement is neither a guarantee nor endorsement of the advertiser's product or service. View advertising policy.