The Evaluation of an Improved Model of the Agile Kanban Using Focus Group

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Al-Ahgaff University, Mukalla, Hadramaout, Yemen

2 Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced and Smart Digital Opportunities (IASDO), School of Computing, UUM College of Arts and Sciences, University Utara Malaysia, 06010 UUM Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

3 Associate Professor, Human-Centred Computing Research Lab, School of Computing, UUM College of Arts and Sciences, University Utara Malaysia 06010 UUM Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

4 Ph.D. Candidate, Institute for Advanced and Smart Digital Opportunities (IASDO), School of Computing, UUM College of Arts and Sciences, University Utara Malaysia, 06010 UUM Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia


The improved model of the Agile Kanban (i-KAM) is developed to enhance the software project monitoring task when employing Agile project management (APM) approach. The i-KAM have been initially verified by 11 knowledge and domain experts. In consequence, it has been reconstructed and enhanced based on the remarks and recommendations provided by the experts. This paper aims to present the final evaluation results of i-KAM achieved from seven software practitioners participated in a focus group. The focus group method was selected because it is an empirical approach used in the evaluation studies conducted in the software engineering (SE) domain. Therefore, this method was employed to obtain the practitioners’ feedback on the proposed model. Results confirm the effectiveness of i-KAM, in which it can assist the project managers and team members in monitoring their projects’ progress effectively. In addition, it is indicated that i-KAM is an applicable model with easy and practical implementation. This study contributes to improve the task of monitoring software development projects within the APM environment. Accordingly, this would systematically facilitate the top managements’ work, and assist in making meaningful decisions regarding to the management of projects’ workflow. Practically, case studies will be carried out in different software development organizations (SDOs) to implement i-KAM in actual projects within real environments


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