Interested in looking into academic research on Agile?
Here are a few hints on how to access and explore academic research on agile.
To be published in a scientific journal, research papers must be submitted and validated per a committee review usually implementing a blind review process. Depending on the classification of the journal this will be more or less selective. Usually, papers are first submitted to scientific conferences, then to a journal of first level, and up to better classified journals.
Journals that publish papers on agile related topics, can be found in different areas depending on the focus of the research. But most will be project management, IT systems oriented (computer science, engineering, UX..), or management oriented (business, management, HR, …) . Some examples are given in the following non-exhaustive alphabetical list:
- International Journal of Project Management (sciencedirect)
- Project Management Journal (PMI)
- Empirical Software Engineering (springer)
- Information and Software Technology (sciencedirect)
- Information Systems Frontiers (springer)
- Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering (springer)
- International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (sciencedirect)
- Journal of Systems and Software (sciencedirect)
- Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (springer)
- European Journal of Information Systems (springer)
- Human Resource Management Review (sciencedirect)
- International Business Review (sciencedirect)
- International Journal of Information Management (sciencedirect)
There used to be no dedicated scientific review dedicated to agile although this is changing: for example, you mays have a look at “International Journal of Agile and Extreme Software Development”
Access to scientific journals
If you are in academic, or if you know someone that is, you will be able to access academic publications through global universities documentation access systems. If you are not part of an academic circle, you may use Google Scholar as a search tool. But not all articles will be in free access.
Other interesting sources to explore
Some other sources with free access may be useful for actors interested in research on agile.
- Research Gate gives you access to a growing database of free research papers. It describes itself as an open network grouping over 19 million members from all over the world https://www.researchgate.net/search.Search.html?type=researcher&query=agile
- Semantic Scholar is a free, AI-powered tool for navigating the scientific literature
- The Agile Alliance web site has dedicated a section to research papers.
- Agile Alliance has also published proceedings grouping all research papers presented in the research thread at yearly ‘XP conference’ starting in 2002! https://link.springer.com/conference/xpu
- You may also be interested in Patterns language which is at the root of agile and XProgramming. Most of PloP conference proceedings are available on the hillside website. https://www.hillside.net/conferences/plop-conference-proceedings .
- Another source is academia.edu
We are collecting recommended readings on agile, available to you here during the festival.