Title page for ETD etd-05252007-110748


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Sidky, Ahmed Samy
Author's Email Address asidky@vt.edu
URN etd-05252007-110748
Title A Structured Approach to Adopting Agile Practices: The Agile Adoption Framework
Degree PhD
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Arthur, James D. Committee Chair
Balci, Osman Committee Member
Bohner, Shawn A. Committee Member
Prez-Quiones, Manuel A. Committee Member
Wallace, Linda G. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Agile Level
  • Organizational Change
  • Agile Adoption
  • Agile Development
  • Agile Potential
  • Agile Practices
  • Agile Readiness
  • Software Engineering
Date of Defense 2007-05-24
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Many organizations aspire to adopt agile processes to take advantage of the numerous benefits that it offers to an organization. Those benefits include, but are not limited to, quicker return on investment, better software quality, and higher customer satisfaction. To date however, there is no structured process (at least that is published in the public domain) that guides organizations in adopting agile practices. To address this situation, we present the Agile Adoption Framework and the innovative approach we have used to implement it. The framework consists of two components: an agile measurement index, and a 4-Stage process, that together guide and assist the agile adoption efforts of organizations. More specifically, the Sidky Agile Measurement Index (SAMI) encompasses five agile levels that are used to identify the agile potential of projects and organizations. The 4-Stage process, on the other hand, helps determine (a) whether or not organizations are ready for agile adoption, and (b) guided by their potential, what set of agile practices can and should be introduced. To help substantiate the “goodness” of the Agile Adoption Framework, we presented it to various members of the agile community, and elicited responses through questionnaires. The results of that substantiation effort are encouraging, and also suggest further avenues for improvement.
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