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Luna, A. J. H. de O., Kruchten, P., Pedrosa, M. L. G. E., Almeida Neto, H. R. de, & Moura, H. P. de. (2014). State of the Art of Agile Governance: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Computer Science & Information Technology (IJCSIT), 6(5), 121–141. doi:10.5121/ijcsit.2014.6510. Available at:

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Systematic Literature Review about state of the art of Agile Governance

Executive Summary

A systematic literature review, including mapping, (often referred to as a systematic review) is a means of identifying, evaluating and interpreting all available research relevant to a particular research question, or topic area, or phenomenon of interest. Systematic Mapping Studies (also known as Scoping Studies) are designed to provide a wide overview of a research area, to establish if research evidence exists on a topic and provide an indication of the quantity of the evidence. The results of a mapping study can identify areas suitable for conducting Systematic Literature Reviews and also areas where a primary study is more appropriate. Individual studies contributing to a systematic review are called primary studies; a systematic review is a form of secondary study (Kitchenham et al., 2007).

The main goal of systematic mapping studies is to provide an overview of a research area, and identify the quantity and type of research and results available within it. Often one wants to map the frequencies of publication over time to see trends. A secondary goal can be to identify the forums in which research in the area has been published (Petersen, Feldt, Mujtaba, & Mattsson, 2007).

GP2 is the Project Research Group of the Informatics Center (CIn) of the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), in Brazil. The main researches developed by the GP2 members are in the areas of: i) Project management frameworks and methodologies; ii) Organizational Project Management Maturity Model; iii) Project portfolio management; iv) IT management; v) Project risk management; vi) Software processes; and, vii) Agile Governance.

The cell of Agile Governance of GP2 composed by researchers and students of graduate Program of the Informatics Center (CIn) at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), decided to conduct a research to extend the exploratory literature review done by (Luna, 2009), systematically, employing more scientific accuracy, expanding the search engines and complementing the time period until 2013. The original research project was done to catalog, classify, identify the principal authors and understand the relationship between the several approaches about the theme. The results of that project were intended to provide insights to propose an agile framework to implementing and improving governance in organizations, called MAnGve, result of (Luna, 2009) master degree thesis. A systematic review is a means of evaluating and interpreting all available research relating to a particular research domain. A systematic review protocol specifies the methods that will be used to undertake a specific systematic review.

After recent exploratory literature search, apparently, no systematic review about agile governance has been done yet. The existing reviews found are not about this topic or systematic; neither covers the wide application of this field of study. In other words, this implies that executives, professionals, researchers and practitioners no have a unified reference to get an overview about this domain. The authors expect that this research will be helpful to all of these groups, and that it will become clear which assertions on agile governance are sustained by scientific studies or industry practices.

As a result, this systematic review was organized in order to prepare an overview of the topic area in which we will be working, providing evidences for consolidate and extend the initial results, as well as providing innovative knowledge for the development of two PhD thesis and five MSc dissertations in agile governance theme, and also establish a solid foundation for future research about the topic. The research group intends to actualize and extend the research to help the Agile Governance community.

Research Team:
  • Alexandre José Henrique de Oliveira Luna (Research Coordinator) -
  • Marcello Luiz Gomes do Egito Pedrosa
  • Humberto Rocha de Almeida Neto
  • Guilherme Dias da Silva
  • Renata Maria Andrade do Nascimento
  • Reynaldo Fabrinny Rodrigues Tibúrcio
  • Jirlaine Fonseca de Oliveira
  • Edmundo Rodrigues da Silva Porto Neto
  • Fabio Santos Batista 

Associated Researchers:

  • Hermano P. de Moura, PhD
  • Philippe Kruchten, PhD

Research Group Information:

GP2 Research Group - Agile Governance Cell

Federal University of Pernambuco

Center of Informatics

Jornalista Anibal Fernandes Avenue

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

ZIP Code 50732-970

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.  ZIP Code: 50.740-560.  
Subpáginas (3): Authors Protocol Studies