Application of a software agility assessment model - AgilityMod in the field

Adoption of agile values and principles and transformation of organizations towards agility are not easy and straightforward. Misinterpretation of agile principles and values, and adoption of partial solutions with few agile practices instead of holistic approaches prevent organizations to obtain full benefits of agile methods. We developed the Software Agility Assessment Reference Model (AgilityMod) for the appraisal of software projects from agility perspective and to provide guidance on specifying gaps on the road towards agility (agile maturity). The meta-model of AgilityMod was defined in relation with the ISO/IEC 15504-Process Assessment Model. AgilityMod was developed in an iterative and incremental manner by running successive case studies and getting opinions of experts for the evaluation and improvement of the Model. The multiple case study that we present here in detail included the implementation of the Model in eight software development companies. The results of this case study were evaluated by the case study participants. According to the significant majority of the case study participants, AgilityMod achieves its purpose.


A Reference Model for Software Agility Assessment: AgilityMod
Özcan Top, Özden (2015-06-17)
In this paper, we present AgilityMod that we developed with the purpose of identifying agility levels of software development projects, indicating agility gaps and providing roadmaps to organizations in adopting agile principles/practices. AgilityMod shares the meta-model structure of ISO/IEC 15504, software process assessment model, however, it differentiates from ISO/IEC 15504 in terms of its process architecture, process descriptions and description of other model elements. In this paper, we focus on the...
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Adali, Onat Ege; Özcan Top, Özden; Demirors, Onur (2016-06-10)
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Jedyk, Marcin; Doğru, Ali Hikmet; Department of Computer Engineering (2011)
The approach proposed in this thesis contributes to implementing source code reuse and re-engineering techniques for agile software development. This work includes an introduction to feature models and some of the Feature Oriented Software Development (FOSD) practices to achieve a lightweight way of retrieving source code. A Feature model created during the course of following FOSD practices serves as an additional layer of documentation which represents the problem space for the developed application. This...
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Ö. Özcan Top, “Application of a software agility assessment model - AgilityMod in the field,” COMPUTER STANDARDS & INTERFACES, pp. 1–16, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: