An ongoing debate on agile methods focuses on the contradictions in software development, especially responding to change vs. following a plan, and people vs. processes. Unlike the 'either-or' perspective adopted in the existing agile literature, this paper introduces a paradoxical view on the contradictions in agile software development and uses two agile processes to illustrate it, arguing that a paradoxical perspective can help to gain a better understanding of the nature of and ways of dealing with the contradictions in agile software development. Taking a paradoxical perspective on responding to change vs. following a plan, and people vs. processes, this paper reveals that an agile process is a planning-driven process geared to responding to change, and it is a process that provides a supporting structure for people to learn and to improve their competences.
|Title of host publication||16th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2008|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) - National University of Ireland, Galway|
Duration: 9 Jun 2008 → 11 Jun 2008
|Conference||Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)|
|City||National University of Ireland, Galway|
|Period||9/06/08 → 11/06/08|