Enterprise IT Governance for Innovative Software Development Projects

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This research aims to understand Enterprise Information Technology (EIT) governance in Agile Software Development (ASD) projects by answering the following questions: what is EIT Governance, how does EIT governance lead ASD projects, and what impacts does EIT Governance have on ASD project outcomes? This research is vital for business enterprises seeking innovative approaches to improve the software delivery cycle. Agile as a modern software methodology supports innovation, shorter delivery cycles and implements through ASD projects. However, these projects are carried out under the EIT Governance structure, which was designed for legacy systems. ASD projects executed under the existing set of governance rules are not well-studied. This research is focused on covering this gap for academia and industry. A working definition of EIT Governance is formulated in this research. Decision-making is recognized as the core of EIT Governance. Initial findings indicated that decision-making implementation clarity and decision-making distribution impact ASD projects, while decision-making tailoring had no impact. The research was further expanded to explore if any factor(s) were overlooked. A significant factor ‘Team’ was found concerning decision-making in ASD projects. Finally, the research concluded that team composition changes impact the team's decision-making ability, which impacts ASD project outcomes. A systematic literature review, survey methodology, and thematic analysis are used to conduct this research. The findings of this research are significant for academia and industry where team changes are not considered as a governance factor impacting ASD projects outcome.
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