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This paper presents the results of an exploratory research study that investigates factors contributing to a preference for the agile software development approaches.

The initial exploration revolves around the Five-Factor Model of personality and the premise that these personality factors provide a partial explanation of preference for an agile approach. A survey instrument for measuring the preference for agile methods was developed and validated. The results from the quantitative data collected from the survey study indicate that three out of the five personality factors from the Five-Factor Model show a correlation with an above-average preference for agile methods. These factors are extra version, openness and neuroticism. The first two have a positive relationship with agile preference while neuroticism (emotional instability) has a negative relationship with agile methodology preference. To further investigate the results, exploratory factor analysis was performed on the data, which identified three factors that may also contribute to a preference for agile methods.

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