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A paradoxical perspective on contradictions in agile software development

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posted on 2012-03-23, 15:19 authored by Xiaofeng Wang, Eoin Ó Conchúir, Richard Vidgen
An ongoing debate on agile methods focuses on the contradictions in software development, especially responding to change vs. following a plan, and people vs. processes. Unlike the ‘either-or’ perspective adopted in the existing agile literature, this paper introduces a paradoxical view on the contradictions in agile software development and uses two agile processes to illustrate it, arguing that a paradoxical perspective can help to gain a better understanding of the nature of and ways of dealing with the contradictions in agile software development. Taking a paradoxical perspective on responding to change vs. following a plan, and people vs. processes, this paper reveals that an agile process is a planning-driven process geared to responding to change, and it is a process that provides a supporting structure for people to learn and to improve their competences.

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16th European Conference on Information Systems;2008

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peer-reviewed

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SFI

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English

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