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Soft Systems Methodology: An Aid to Agile Development?

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Bustard, DW and Keenan, Frank (2008) Soft Systems Methodology: An Aid to Agile Development? Springer. New York. 13 pp ISBN 978-0-387-30403-8 [Book (authored)]

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Abstract

In principle, an agile approach to information systems development has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the development process. One apparent disadvantage, however, is that agile methods tend to be strongly ‘product-focused,’ meaning that they place greater emphasis on creating and modifying information systems than on understanding the context in which they are to be used. As a result, higher level requirements and issues can be less well understood. This paper argues for the use of more context analysis in agile development, while acknowledging that any extra effort required must be modest to stay within the general agile ethos. In particular, the paper considers the extent to which Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) might be a suitable way to perform such analysis. It is concluded that although SSM is generally perceived as time-consuming, it is essentially sympathetic to the agile approach and is flexible enough to integrate with existing agile techniques.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Information Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Information and Communication Engineering
ID Code:8819
Deposited By:Professor David Bustard
Deposited On:01 Feb 2010 10:29
Last Modified:24 Feb 2014 11:09

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