Agile Development in Bureaucratic Environments: A Literature Review

  • Gerald OnwujekweEmail author
  • Heinz Weistroffer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 341)


For the past decade, agile development approaches have achieved a good level of success. It does appear however that not all development environments have the same level of agile readiness, hence an organization’s prevalent culture may be a mismatch with the agile development approach adopted. In this paper, we report on a structured literature review of information systems development projects that were conducted in a public sector or government organization. We posit that public sector and government organizations are commonly found to be bureaucratic in nature and we investigate how this impacts the project implementation using agile methodology. We document the challenges encountered in implementing these projects and some approaches to resolving these challenges.


Agile development Government Bureaucracy Public sector Projects Literature review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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