“Agile Adoption” in IT Companies - Building a Change Capability by Qualitative Description of Agile Implementation in Different Companies

  • Barbora Moravcová
  • Filip Legény
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 247)


As the interest in “Agile” Adoption continues to grow, there is an increasing need for organizations to understand how to adopt it successfully. This study has as objective to identify the concerns of deployment of agile practices and provide insight into existing challenges of adopting “Agile”. First, the existing literature and case studies are reviewed. A definition of “Agile” Adoption is then formed based on the literature by breaking down the concept. The work deepens the understanding of the complex issue associated with “Agile” Adoption, contributes to the knowledge of “Agile” Adoption and improvement of the software development processes. We surveyed 5 companies, in total 200 employees. Finally, we present 25 impediments for the company’s “Agile” Adoption that were identified based on the interviews. Software companies, who plan their current strategy for “Agile” Adoption, might use the processed output.


Agile Change Challenges Impediments Change capability 


  1. 1.
    Moravcova, B., Gregus, M.: Agile adoption in IT companies. In: Theory and Practice in Management. Slovakia, pp. 113–121 (2013)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Cohn, M.: Succeeding with Agile, Software Development Using Scrum. Addison-Wesley Professional, Michigan (2010)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Smith, P.G.: Flexible Product Development – Building Agility for Changing Markets. Wiley, California (2007)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Kryvinska, N.: Building consistent formal specification for the service enterprise agility foundation - the society of service science. J. Serv. Sci. Res. 4(2), 235–269 (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Menon, A., Chowdhury, J., Lukas, B.A.: Antecedents outcomes of new product development speed: an interdisciplinary conceptual framework. Ind. Mark. Manag. 31(4), 317–328 (2002)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Vesey, J.T.: The new competitors: they think in terms of ‘speed-to-market’. Society for the Advancement of Management, Ocean Drive (1991)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Stacey, R.D.: Complexity and Management: Fad or Radical Challenge to Systems Thinking (Complexity and Emergence in Organizations). Routledge (2010)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Urikova, O., Ivanochko, I., Kryvinska, N., Strauss, C., Zinterhof, P.: Consideration of aspects affecting the evolvement of collaborative eBusiness in service organizations. Int. J. Serv. Econ. Manag. 5(1/2), 72–92 (2013)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Boehm, B.W.: Software Engineering Economics. 767. Prentice Hall, New Jersey (1981)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Verheyen, G.: Measuring Success, Measuing Value (2014).
  11. 11.
    Agile Manifesto (2001).
  12. 12.
    Little, J.: Lean Change Management - Innovative Practices For Managing Organizational Change. Happy Melly Express, Austria (2014)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Stoshikj, M., Kryvinska, N., Strauss, C.: Project management as a service. In: The 15th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Service, Austria, pp. 220–228 (2013)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Apello, J.: Management 3.0, Leading Agile Developers, And Developing Agile Leaders. Addison-Wesley Professional, Boston (2011)Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    8th Annual state of Agile Development Survey, Versionone (2015).
  16. 16.
    Highsmith, J.: Agile Project Management. Addison-Wesley Professional, Boston (2009)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Jongbae, K., Wilemon, D.: The learning organization as facilitator of complex NPD projects. Creativity Innov. Manag. 16, 176–191 (2007)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    McConnell, S.: Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction. 960, 2nd edn. Microsoft Press, Southpark Place Grove (2004)Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Snowden, D.: A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making. Harvard Bus. Rev. 85, 20–30 (2007)Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Stoshikj, M., Kryvinska, N., Strauss, C.: Efficient managing of complex programs with project management services. Glob. J. Flex. Syst. Manag. 15(1), 25–38 (2014). Special Issue on Flexible Complexity Management and Engineering by Innovative ServicesCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information Systems, Faculty of ManagementComenius University in BratislavaBratislava 25Slovakia

Personalised recommendations