ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 3    Issue : 4    Date : April 2008

Factors that Significantly Impact the Implementation of an Agile Software Development Methodology
Jeffrey A. Livermore
Page(s): 31-36
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The Internet economy has altered the current rules of software engineering. Traditional development
methodologies have proven too cumbersome to meet the rapidly changing requirements and short
product cycles demanded by business today. To meet these rapidly changing requirements, software
developers have developed agile software development methodologies (SDMs) utilizing iterative
development, prototyping, templates, and minimal documentation requirements.
This research project investigated agile SDM implementation using an online survey sent to software
development practitioners worldwide. This survey data was used to identify factors related to agile SDM
implementation. The factors that significantly impacted agile methodology implementations included
training, management involvement, access to external resources, and corporation size. Other factors
such as using models, having an implementation plan, collocating the development team, and
developing software for Internet or intranet use did not significantly impact the implementation of an agile
software development methodology.
A number of the factors that impact the implementation of an agile development methodology are
completely under the control of management. Organizations that are considering implement ting an
agile methodology are able to manipulate some of these factors to increase the opportunities for
success of their methodology.

Index Terms
agile software development, Extreme Programming, Scrum, agile methodology implementation