Date of Award

8-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Project Management

Abstract

Since it’s inception in 1970, the Waterfall model has been widely accepted and proven to be quite effective in the software technology development. As years have passed, there has been a rise in the number of technology companies and such rapid expansion in the software industry has called for frequent changes and swift delivery. To cope up with the increasing expectations, companies started to adopt new development processes and as a result, businesses witnessed several different process and Agile development methodologies like Scrum, Extreme Programming, Test Driven Development, to name a few. Companies were able to effectively work with change requirements while working on successive iterations. This paper would throw light on the existing software development trends and whether agile methodologies are merely a fad or an absolute necessity for the software industry. This paper is a competitive study of three companies analyzing transition of projects before and after Agile measured through customer acceptance and other indicators. The paper would also drill down on the type of resources and involvement of Agile system demands and whether or not there is a possibility of Agile methodologies been overthrown by any potent successor in the near future. The paper would talk about different styles of leadership techniques adopted in Agile and which type would be best suited for any Agile project. Once singled out the core advantages of Agile, a plan will be created to shift from Waterfall to Agile and learn the core Agile concepts and what should be right way to transform a project into Agile.

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