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Agile software development methods and techniques have gained attention in the recent few years. The main motive behind adopting agile software development approach is to improve end-product quality, enhance developer's moral and achieve stakeholder satisfaction. However, Agile adoption always comes with special challenges and thus fundamental organizational changes are necessary for successful outcomes. In this paper we present an in-depth case study for adopting agile methods to a government entity in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E). The government entity software development teams have used the traditional waterfall approach for many years and decided to move to agile software development approach. This study highlights the challenges faced during the adoption of the Scrum method. Without proper preparation, the challenges will be significant enough to put the agile adoption on hold and make the software development teams go back to the traditional waterfall method.
Date of Conference: 15-17 July 2011