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Titel: The Empire Strikes Back
The end of Agile as we know it?
Forfatter: Babb, Jeffry; Nørbjerg, Jacob; Yates, David J.; Waguespack, Leslie J.
Resume: Agile methods have co-evolved with the onset of rapid change and turbidity in software and systems development and the methodologies and process models designed to guide them. Conceived from the lessons of practice, Agile methods brought a balanced perspective between the intensions of the stakeholder, the management function, and developers. As an evolutionary progression, trends towards rapid continuous delivery have witnessed the advent of DevOps where advances in tooling, technologies, and the environment of both development and consumption exert a new dynamic into the Agile oeuvre. We investigate the progression from Agile to DevOps from a Critical Social Theoretic perspective to examine a paradox in agility – what does an always-on conceptualization of production forestall and impinge upon the processes of reflection and renewal that are also endemic to Agile methods? This paper is offered as a catalyst for critical examination and as an overt call to action to engage in emancipatory scholarship in advocacy for the Agile development team. Under threat of disenfranchisement and relegation to automation, we question how a tilt towards DevOps will preserve key elements in the tenets and principles of the Agile methods phenomenon.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9579
Dato: 2017-12-18
Note: Paper presented at the Information Research Seminar in Scandinavia 2017 (IRIS 40), Halden, Norway, August 6-9, 2017

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