It's About Time: Investigating The Temporal Parameters Of Decision-Making In Agile Teams

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Title: It's About Time: Investigating The Temporal Parameters Of Decision-Making In Agile Teams
Authors: O Riordan, Niamh
Acton, Thomas
Conboy, Kieran
Golden, Willie
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Date: 19-Dec-2012
Abstract: The emergence and widespread adoption of agile methodologies is often explained by the need to improve time management in Information Systems Development (ISD). Indeed, a growing body of evidence supports the view that agile methodologies are an effective means of delivering productivity gains through time savings. That is to say, agile methodologies can be used to increase speed and efficiency in ISD projects. In addition, lightweight agile methodologies are designed, by definition, to minimise wastes in the design and delivery of Information Systems and can therefore be used to support sustainability in IS projects (cf. Schmidt et al., 2009). However, the impact of agile methodologies on ISD project outcomes is less clear. In addressing this question, this research-inprogress paper uses a combination of existing literature and empirical data to construct a conceptual framework to explain how three different temporal aspects of agile methodologies (time pressure, polychronicity and periodicity) impact upon decision quality, thereby affecting ISD project outcomes. It is envisaged that this framework will be used to shed light on how agile methodologies impact upon project effectiveness or velocity, which is defined in this context as movement in the 'right' direction.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Keywords: Agile systems developmentDecision makingTemporal dynamics
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: 2012 International Conference On Information Systems Development (ICIS 2012), Orlando, Florida, USA, 16 19 December 2012
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