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FORMALIZATION AND REFINEMENT OF A FORMAL APPROACH TO ECLECTIC SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Open Access

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Over the last 10 years the private sector has shown considerable interest in agile software development methods, the same can be said of the government sector. However, agile methods present limitations for the environment of government software development. The Eclectic Software Development (ESD) approach provides a framework that capitalizes on the benefits of agile and traditional methodologies for the government sector while minimizing the limitations of both. The theory behind ESD is the selective use of the right tools, methodologies, processes, and human resources by project leadership at the right time, within the confines and structures already defined for large-scale and contract-based government projects. This study used action research to apply ESD practices to real government projects in a cyclic manner to both validate and refine ESD.

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