Agile Methods in Ethiopia: An Empirical Study

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_31

Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 504)
Cite this paper as:
Regassa Z., Bass J.M., Midekso D. (2017) Agile Methods in Ethiopia: An Empirical Study. In: Choudrie J., Islam M., Wahid F., Bass J., Priyatma J. (eds) Information and Communication Technologies for Development. ICT4D 2017. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 504. Springer, Cham


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zelalem Regassa
    • 1
  • Julian M. Bass
    • 2
  • Dida Midekso
    • 1
  1. 1.Addis Ababa UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia
  2. 2.University of SalfordSalfordUK

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