Concerns and Limitations in Agile Software Development: A Survey with Paraguayan Companies

  • Myrian R. Noguera SalinasEmail author
  • Adolfo G. Serra Seca NetoEmail author
  • Maria Claudia F. P. EmerEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 802)


The Agile Manifesto has been around form more than fifteen years and, all over the world, companies and researchers seek for understand their adoption stage, as well as the benefits, barriers, and limitations of agile methods. Although there are some survey studies at the global level, we know little about how the Paraguayan software community is adopting agile methods. The present work conducted a research to characterize the current stage of adoption, initial concerns and barriers on the implementation of agile methods in software development companies in Paraguay. An online survey was sent to managers of 53 Paraguayan companies. Of these, 9 (17%) managers responded. The main concern about adopting agile methods (44.44% of respondents) was the lack of reliability in product quality if developed using agile methods. The main barrier was the lack of experience (66.66%) of the companies.


Agile methods Agile Adoption Survey Software development enterprise 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academic Department of InformaticsFederal University of TechnologyCuritibaBrazil

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