Design Science Approach to Measure Productivity in Agile Software Development

  • Richard Vidgen
  • Brian Donnellan
  • Sabine Matook
  • Kieran Conboy
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 286)


While adoption of agile software methods is high, little hard, rigorous evidence exists as to the success of these approaches. This paper describes the design science process that will be used to create a measure for productivity in agile development environments. We consider design science to be suitable because measuring performance in software development is laden with issues around measurability, ambiguity and imperfection. As a result, we need the rigor that design science brings while still maintaining relevance.


design science agile development productivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Vidgen
    • 1
  • Brian Donnellan
    • 2
  • Sabine Matook
    • 3
  • Kieran Conboy
    • 1
  1. 1.Australian School of BusinessUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Innovation Value InstituteNational University of IrelandMaynoothIreland
  3. 3.UQ Business SchoolThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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