The Diffusion of Agile Software Development: Insights from a Regional Survey

David Bustard, George Wilkie, Desmond Greer

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The agile approach to software development is now standard practice in many organisations. In innovation diffusion terms, its uptake seems to be well into the majority adoption phase, with a large number of organisations now claiming some level of agile activity. Confirming adoption progress requires appropriate periodic surveys of industrial practice. The purpose of this paper is to present and comment on the results from such a survey, performed in Northern Ireland in 2010, with thirty-seven software development companies. The work is distinctive in aiming to provide comprehensive coverage of the region. The paper describes the design of the survey and comments on the insights it has provided. The results show that approximately 50% of companies are now running agile projects rou-tinely, with over 80% of those using Scrum as their agile framework. The wider extrapolation of the results is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems Development: Reflections, Challenges and New Directions
ISBN (Print)978-1-4614-4950-8
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Nov 2013


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