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Modelling the critical success factors of agile software development projects in South Africa

Tawanda B. Chiyangwa, Ernest Mnkandla

SA Journal of Information Management; Vol 19, No 1 (2017), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/sajim.v19i1.838

Submitted: 24 January 2017
Published:  30 October 2017


Background: The continued in failure of agile and traditional software development projects have led to the consideration, attention and dispute to critical success factors that are the aspects which are most vital to make a software engineering methodology fruitful. Although there is an increasing variety of critical success factors and methodologies, the conceptual frameworks which have causal relationship are limited.

Objective: The objective of this study was to identify and provide insights into the critical success factors that influence the success of software development projects using agile methodologies in South Africa.

Method: Quantitative method of collecting data was used. Data were collected in South Africa through a Web-based survey using structured questionnaires.

Results: These results show that organisational factors have a great influence on performance expectancy characteristics.

Conclusion: The results of this study discovered a comprehensive model that could provide guidelines to the agile community and to the agile professionals.

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Tawanda B. Chiyangwa, School of Computing, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa, South Africa
Ernest Mnkandla, School of Computing, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa, South Africa


traditional software development; vital; software engineering methodology; success factors; quantitative method


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