Group development theories and agile practices

Mdlovu, Nosipho
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There is a significant increase in the use of Agile software development ensure business process delivery, Agile methodologies and processes are highly dependent on teams that work well together. To this point, there has been a need for studies that focus on how Agile teams can function better, in order to enhance the understanding of the practice. Using the Garfield and Dennis model of integrated development as a lens, the purpose of the study was to explore and describe how agile teams could be developed effectively. The study was conducted on two Agile teams to see how their group maturity and the stage that they are in with regards to their development as a team affected the way they applied and understood agile practices. The case study addressed the following questions; What elements of the Integrated model of group development are exhibited in agile development teams? What routine activities of Agile teams facilitate group development and how do the activities lead to project completion? What and how do collaborative technologies facilitate group development and project completion? The study found that most of the elements of the integrated model could be identified within the Agile teams. The study also found that the routine activities of Agile methodologies facilitate group development and project completion. There was no empirical evidence to indicate that the use of collaborative technologies facilitated group development.
A research report submitted to the School of Business Sciences, Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, University of the Witwatersrand in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Master of Commerce (in Information Systems), 2021