Challenges in Transitioning to an Agile Way of Working

Riitta Hekkala, Mari-Klara Stein, Matti Rossi, Kari Smolander

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Abstract

This longitudinal study examined how an information systems development team transitioned to an agile way of working. We describe the main events of a large, inter-organizational project, where agile methods and practices were applied for the first time. The organizations involved had a long tradition in heavy, waterfall style projects, and many of those past projects had severe challenges. We examine how the agile way of working was understood by particular groups (project team, management and suppliers), as well as how these understandings changed over time. The lack of experience with agile development, no common view on ‘agility’ and its key principles and practices were obvious challenges for the transition. Our study suggests that complex agile projects need to have very clear goals and management has to be able to communicate these, while preserving the autonomy of teams and individual team members.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2017
Place of PublicationHonolulu
PublisherHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Publication date2017
Pages5869-5878
ISBN (Print)9780998133102
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2017 - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: 4 Jan 20177 Jan 2017
Conference number: 50
http://hicss.hawaii.edu/

Conference

ConferenceThe 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2017
Number50
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Period04/01/201707/01/2017
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Keywords

  • Agile way of working
  • Information system project
  • Qualitative case study

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Hekkala, R., Stein, M-K., Rossi, M., & Smolander, K. (2017). Challenges in Transitioning to an Agile Way of Working. In Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2017 (pp. 5869-5878). Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). https://doi.org/10.24251/HICSS.2017.707