Towards and Understanding of the Conceptual Underpinnings of Agile Development Methodologies

(Invited talk, 30 min) [ Slides ]

Author(s): Sridhar Nerur (University of Texas at Arlington), Alan Cannon (University of Texas at Arlington), VenuGopal Balijepally (Prairie View A&M University) and Philip L. Bond (University of Texas at Arlington)
Session: Foundations of Agile
Session chair: Letizia Jaccheri (NTNU)
Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 10:30-12:00
While the growing popularity of agile development methodologies (ADM) is undeniable, there has been little systematic exploration of its intellectual foundation. Such an effort would be an important first step in understanding this paradigm’s underlying premises. This understanding, in turn, would be invaluable in our assessment of current practices as well as in our efforts to advance the field of software engineering. Drawing on a variety of sources, both within and outside the discipline, we argue that the concepts underpinning ADM are by no means novel. In the tradition of General Systems Theory (GST), this paper advocates a transdisciplinary examination of ADM to extend the intellectual boundaries of software development. This is particularly important as the field moves beyond instrumental processes aimed at satisfying mere technical considerations.

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