Agile method tailoring in a CMMI level 5 organization: Addressing the paradox

Julian M. Bass, Ian Allison, Udayan Banerjee

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We investigate the use and tailoring of agile methods in a highly disciplined CMMI Level 5 organization. We explore gaps between traditional agile practices and those required for enhanced levels of governance required by CMMI appraisal. We conducted a case study with recorded interviews from practitioners at NIIT Technology Ltd. The interviews were iteratively analysed and coded. Our findings show that agile methods must be supplemented with pre-sprint planning, evidence recording, project metrics, team self-organization, process standardization, and process base-lining to support the CMMI appraisal. There are challenges around Agile compliance with CMMI Level 4 processes and misconceptions about agile methods precluding documentation of the rationale for design decisions. This research contributes data to the tailoring of agile methods in a high-maturity CMMI context and will be useful for agile teams conducting level 5 appraisals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)77-98
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of International Technology and Information Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


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