Theories of change in Agile Psychology

Authors

  • Dana Rad Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Work, Center of Research Development and Innovation in Psychology
  • Gavril Rad Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Work, Center of Research Development and Innovation in Psychology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47577/tssj.v21i1.3773

Keywords:

theory of change, agile psychology

Abstract

Theory of Change is essentially a detailed illustration and exemplification of how and why a desired change is expected to occur in a certain setting. It is particularly concerned with mapping out or what has been termed as the missing gap between what an intervention or change effort performs and how they contribute to the achievement of desired outcomes. It accomplishes this by first defining the intended long-term objectives and then working backwards from these to determine all of the circumstances (outcomes) that must exist (and how they are causally connected to one another) for the objectives to occur. All of this is stated out in an Outcomes Framework. The Outcomes Framework then serves as the foundation for determining what form of activity or intervention will result in the outcomes listed as prerequisites for reaching the long-term objective. The precise relation between activities and the attainment of long-term goals is better understood using this technique. This results in improved planning since actions are related to a full grasp of how change occurs. It also leads to improved assessment since it allows for the measurement of progress toward the attainment of longer-term goals that extend beyond the identification of program outcomes. For modern managers, working with agile development necessitates the adoption of a new philosophy or psychology. While method is vital to guarantee that the team produces high-quality interventions that fulfills clients’ needs, it's also crucial to remember that the Agile Method emphasizes flexibility, collaboration, and transparency among team members as well as between the team and management. It creates a management climate in which managers exert less control and more facilitation. The manager's responsibility shifts to one of removing bottlenecks, fostering openness and communication, and monitoring the change-driven environment to ensure that the results satisfy goals and criteria but not exerting too much control on the flow of the process of agile development. Change is no longer incorrect; rather, the inability to change is incorrect. Thus, the emphasis of this paper is to raise awareness of the importance of approaching agile psychology with theories of change methodologies.

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Author Biographies

Dana Rad, Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Work, Center of Research Development and Innovation in Psychology

Dana Rad, PhD is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Sciences at Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania. She is Head of Center of Research Development and Innovation in Psychology. She holds a double specialization in Psychology (PhD) and Automation and Intelligent Systems (MD). She was a Visiting Professor at Instituto Superior Miguel Torga in Coimbra, Instituto Politecnico Portalegre, Portugal and University of Oviedo, Spain and research scientist in more than 20 European Union funded projects. She is member in the editorial review board of 13 International Journals. Her research interests include: Cognitive Science, Organizational Psychology, Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Fuzzy logic, Nonlinear Dynamics, etc. She is coauthor of 20 books and over 100 international conferences and journal papers. She is a member of IANLP, IACAT, IAENG and APA.

Gavril Rad, Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Work, Center of Research Development and Innovation in Psychology

Gavril Rad PhD candidate is Assistant Professor at Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Sciences at Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania. He is psychologist and research scientist in 4 European Union funded projects. His research interests include: Organizational psychology, Bullying, Online aggression, Career counselling, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Nonlinear Dynamics, etc. He is coauthor of 10 international conferences and journal papers. He is a member of COPSI and APA.

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Published

2021-07-09

How to Cite

Rad, D., & Rad, G. (2021). Theories of change in Agile Psychology. Technium Social Sciences Journal, 21(1), 570–581. https://doi.org/10.47577/tssj.v21i1.3773