Asif Qumer, Brian Henderson-Sellers


There are a number of agile and traditional methodologies for software development. Agilists provide agile principles and agile values to characterize the agile methods but there is no clear and inclusive definition of agile methods; subsequently it is not feasible to draw a clear distinction between traditional and agile software development methods in practice. The purpose of this paper is to explain the concept of agility in detail; and then to suggest a definition of agile methods that would help in the ranking or differentiation of agile methods from other available methods.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Qumer A. and Henderson-Sellers B. (2006). CRYSTALLIZATION OF AGILITY - Back to Basics . In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Software and Data Technologies - Volume 2: ICSOFT, ISBN 978-972-8865-69-6, pages 121-126. DOI: 10.5220/0001310201210126

in Bibtex Style

author={Asif Qumer and Brian Henderson-Sellers},
title={CRYSTALLIZATION OF AGILITY - Back to Basics},
booktitle={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Software and Data Technologies - Volume 2: ICSOFT,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Software and Data Technologies - Volume 2: ICSOFT,
SN - 978-972-8865-69-6
AU - Qumer A.
AU - Henderson-Sellers B.
PY - 2006
SP - 121
EP - 126
DO - 10.5220/0001310201210126