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

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  • Hany Wells
  • Darren Dalcher
  • Hedley Smyth
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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2015
Event48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-48 - Hawaii, Kauai, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20158 Jan 2015


Conference48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-48
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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 software
development functions and their ability to follow agile guidelines. Generally across the organisation there was limited evidence of tailoring to context, an
important 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.


Hany Wells, Darren Dalcher, Hedley Smyth, ‘The Adoption of Agile Management Practices in a Traditional Project Environment’, paper presented at the 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-48), Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 5-8 January, 2015.

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