Agile methods in Ethiopia : an empirical study

Regassa, Z, Bass, JM and Midekso, D 2017, Agile methods in Ethiopia : an empirical study , in: 14th International Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, 22-24 May 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Abstract

This paper provides empirical evidence of agile method adoption in smaller companies in Ethiopia. Agile methods are emerging as best practice for software development in the global north. So, is there evidence that agile methods are being used in Ethiopia? A Grounded Theory approach was adopted using face-to-face interviews with 17 software professionals from 7 software companies, which were selected by using a snowball sampling technique. The interviews were semi-structured and open-ended and have been audio-recorded and transcribed. Participants in the study identified the importance of agile principles, values and practices. Agile practices are used to address issues with requirements and to encourage user participation. However, it was discovered that the companies in the study were conducting software projects for government clients that mandate substantial documentation with elaborate staged approval procedures, using fixed price contracts with predefined delivery schedules.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Information and Communication Technologies for Development
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1868-4238
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Depositing User: Dr Julian M. Bass
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 11:39
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 21:20
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43122

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