Future Research in Agile Systems Development: Applying Open Innovation Principles within the Agile Organization

(Invited talk, 30 min)

Author(s): Kieran Conboy (National University of Ireland, Galway) and Lorraine Morgan (University of Limerick)
Session: Knowledge and Innovation
Session chair: Helen Sharp (Open University)
Date: Thursday, 3 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 15:30-17:00
A particular strength of agile approaches is that they move away from ‘introverted’ development and intimately involve the customer in all areas of development, supposedly leading to the development of a more innovative and hence more valuable information system. However, we argue that a single customer representative is too nar-row a focus to adopt and that involvement of stakeholders beyond the software development itself is still often quite weak and in some cases non-existent. In response, we argue that current thinking re-garding innovation in agile development needs to be extended to in-clude multiple stakeholders outside the business unit. This paper ex-plores the intra-organisational applicability and implications of open innovation in agile systems development. Additionally, it ar-gues for a different perspective of project management that includes collaboration and knowledge-sharing with other business units, cus-tomers, partners, and other relevant stakeholders pertinent to the business success of an organisation, thus embracing open innova-tion principles.

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