Agile Software Development Methodologies: An Overview of the Current State of Research

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Executive Summary

Under the current economic conditions many organizations strive to continue the trend towards adopting agile processes, in order to take advantage of the numerous benefits that these can offer. Those benefits include quicker return on investment, better software quality, and higher customer satisfaction. To date, however, there is no structured body of research that can guide organizations in adopting agile practices. To address this situation, the current paper identifies and structures the main theoretical contributions to the field of Agile Methodologies research, by presenting Agile Methodologies, by analyzing the main papers on social implications of using Agile, by presenting the main studies on implementation of Agile and by synthesizing the research with regard to communication in Agile projects.

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