Exploring Key Factors of Pilot Projects in Agile Transformation Process Using a Grounded Theory Study

  • Taghi Javdani Gandomani
  • Hazura Zulzalil
  • Abdul Azim Abd Ghani
  • Abu Bakar Md. Sultan
  • Khaironi Yatim Sharif
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 403)


Changing development approach from disciplined to agile methods is an organizational mutation that requires many issues to be considered to increase its chance of success. Selecting an appropriate pilot project as initial project that is going to be done through an Agile method is a critical task. Due to the impact of such a pilot project on successful Agile transformation, understanding its critical factors helps organizations choose the most suitable project to start Agile transition. Conducting a Grounded Theory, showed that organization should considered some key factors of a pilot: Criticality, Duration, Size and Required resources. Besides these factors, the results showed that organization should be aware of the risk of successful pilot project in their next Agile projects. The study also showed that pilot selection mostly is done by Agile coaches or is forced by customer.


gile Software Development Agile Transformation Agile Pilot Project Grounded Theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taghi Javdani Gandomani
    • 1
  • Hazura Zulzalil
    • 1
  • Abdul Azim Abd Ghani
    • 1
  • Abu Bakar Md. Sultan
    • 1
  • Khaironi Yatim Sharif
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Computer Science and Information TechnologyUniversity Putra Malaysia (UPM)SerdangMalasyia

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