This Week in Agility Research: Nov. 12, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Key Success Factors in Multicultural Projects
By: Lent Bogdan

With global relations and international business endeavors becoming the norm, part of an agile organization spans from ensuring capitalizing on aspects of cross cultural projects. This article specifically assess project type, issues within the organization, and cultural diversity among project participants based on Hofstede’s Masculinity and Power Distance.

Resilient Leadership: A Transformational-Transactional Leadership Mix
By: Kwasi Dartey-Baah

With a VUCA environment, leadership types and approaches need to be examined to determine correlations between specific styles and successful organizational outcomes. This article determines the parallel between transformational and transactional leadership approaches in the changing dynamic of business world’s. 

Comparing User-Centered Practices in Agile Versus Non-Agile Development
By: Miriam Begnum and Therese Thorkildsen

User centered techniques focus on the end user in application to the approach and design chosen for a method. This article examines agile versus non agile process applications when using user-centered design for practices within an organization.

Using Science to Identify Future Leaders: Part III-The Talentx7 Assessment of Learning Agility
By: Kenneth Meuse

Both practitioners and academics agree that the proper identification and development of future leaders is critical to the success of organizations. Numerous journal articles and books have been written on the topic of leadership. This whitepaper is the last in a series of three that investigates learning agility and the science of leadership. The focus of this paper is to introduce the newest measure of learning agility – the TALENTx7 Assessment™.

An Empirical Study of Agile Testing Attributes for Higher Customer Satisfaction in IT Projects in India
By: Nasina Jigeesh, Samyadip Chakraborty, and Tulika Chakravorty

Achieving customer satisfaction by meeting client demand within a stipulated time frame is a major challenge for any organization. To this end, many organizations are showing a greater inclination to adopt agile testing. This is especially true of information technology (IT) firms that have clients in the services and manufacturing sectors. This study focuses on the implications of agile testing attributes across different phases of IT development and maintenance projects in the services and manufacturing sectors in India. The outcomes reveal that the five attributes exhibit significant differences across project phases. These contribute to creation of a handy managerial framework for prioritizing the project-specific agile testing attributes.

About Elizabeth Patterson
Elizabeth Patterson likes to swim, bike and run really long distances as fast as possible. An Ironman triathlete and strategic planning officer in the U.S. Army National Guard, she continually tests her own agility while managing projects, improving processes and implementing Lean Six Sigma. A certified Project Management Professional, she holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the field.  Learn more about Elizabeth.