Assessment of Agility in Software Organizations with a Web-Based Agility Assessment Tool

Adali, Onat Ege
Özcan Top, Özden
Demirors, Onur
Agile software development approaches have emerged to overcome the inherent challenges of the traditional software development methodologies. With that in mind, they offer a set of simple yet effective practices based on the values and supporting principles of the Agile Manifesto. Today, more and more organizations are practicing Agile but transitioning to Agile is not as straightforward as it might seem. The benefits afforded by the agile values, principles and practices are not fully obtained and adapters struggle to become more mature; i.e. increase their Agility. For, adapters to address this problem, agility assessments have been designed to be aware of the situation of their transition and make sure that they are heading in the right direction. However, these assessments still require significant amount of time and effort to apply. To overcome this problem, we have developed a web-based agility assessment tool which is a part of an integrated agility assessment approach. The approach consists of a structured and comprehensive agility assessment model (AgilityMod), an exemplar agility assessment process and a web based agility assessment tool (AssessAgility). This research focuses on the final component of the approach: AssessAgility tool and presents a multiple case study that was conducted to evaluate tool's capabilities in terms of providing guidance, automation and reducing the effort spent on the assessments.


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O. E. Adali, Ö. Özcan Top, and O. Demirors, “Assessment of Agility in Software Organizations with a Web-Based Agility Assessment Tool,” 2017, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: