Using Social Intelligence to Overcome Agile Adoption Challenges


Agile adoption is gaining popularity in many organizations, even those steeped in traditional software development. However, project managers often cannot implement agile to its full potential given the numerous human- and process-related challenges. This research focuses on how project managers can tailor agile to overcome human-related challenges. Using a grounded theory approach, we examine how managers’ social intelligence competencies play a pivotal role in overcoming the human-related challenges emanating from stakeholders rooted in the traditional waterfall development approach. An understanding of this area informs practitioners on the interventions that can be taken and competencies that can be cultivated to maximize the success of agile adoption despite human-related challenges.

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Journal of Computer Information Systems