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The primary characteristics of teams and individuals involved in Agile

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Keywords: agile, agile team, agile project management, agile management, management, project management, teams, agile methods

Agile has become a key area of interest for many organisations. The agile movement started in the software industry and today approximately 60 to 90% of software engineering firms use agile practices and project management.
As a result of intense organisational interest in agile methods and management, academic researchers have also become focused on what the characteristics are of successful agile management and projects.


Agile refers to a process whereby products and services are developed, in collaboration with the end user or customer, whereby both the requirements and solutions evolve using an iterative process. The development of products and services is undertaken by self-organising and cross-functional teams who work in collaboration with the end users in a way that is adaptive and based on:

  • Evolutionary development
  • Early delivery of working products and services
  • Continued feedback and improvement

This process requires active engagement and a rapid and flexible response to changes, amendments and fluctuating needs.

This research briefing is based on a new systematic review looking at what the primary characteristics are for teams and individuals involved in agile working and is essential reading for anyone interested in agile team development. This briefing includes a series of handy check lists for agile team development.

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