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The Adoption of Agile Management Practices in a Traditional Project Environment: An IS/IT Case Study

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Publication date5/01/2015
Host publication2015 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences: 5-8 Jan. 2015 Kauai, HI, USA
PublisherIEEE
Pages4446-4453
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479973675
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Despite the growing interest in the usage and application of Agile Project Management Methodologies (PMMs), there is only scant research examining how and why organisations select agile approaches for managing and delivering Information Technology /Information Systems (IT/IS) projects. This paper reports on the findings of such research conducted within the context of a large technology focused case organisation. The findings identify significant variance between business lines, specifically between product development and softwaredevelopment functions and their ability to follow agile guidelines. Generally across the organisation there was limited evidence of tailoring to context, animportant organisational success factor, yet there was a more significant level of tailoring and responsiveness to client needs and wishes. Overall, there was a lack of clarity about the location of the decoupling points following the scoping of the project. Recommendations therefore require further attention and understanding of the implications of new practices employed by organisations, not least by senior management and for additional research underpinning such discovery.