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Agile and Traditional Methods in Software Projects:: Toward an Integrated Approach for IT consultants
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). (Industrial Management)
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). (Industrial Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7129-5040
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
2016 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Currently a debate exists among R&D management scholars in which Agile and Traditional (i.e. sequential/waterfall/ plan-driven) models are compared. Typically, this debate is driven from a polarized either/or perspective, where one (process) model is confronted to the other. Based on an in-depth ethnographic case study, within a Swedish IT consultancy firm, this paper aims to nuance this either/or perspective. More specifically, the paper investigates challenges of implementing Agile methodologies in client-specific IT projects. Findings reveal that, in contrast to consumer-oriented IT products, were products are released continuously, client-specific IT projects includes a contractual relation linked to a payment structure defining the delivery. Accordingly, in client-specific project a tension exists between on the one hand agility and on the other hand transparent and mutually agreed deliveries which needs to be managed. The current Agile-Traditional debate is dominated by an argumentation on the process level. In practice, processes are embodied and supported by a variety of (IT) tools. These tools may, or may not, support Agile methodologies and without considering these tools the implementation of Agile methodologies will only become a façade. Finally, the process needs also to be put in the context of initial project structure and customer involvement. 

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2016.
Keywords [en]
agile project management, software development, IT consultants
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Social Sciences
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Industrial Engineering and Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-206363OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-206363DiVA, id: diva2:1092088
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R&D Management Conference in Cambridge UK
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QC 20170502

Available from: 2017-04-30 Created: 2017-04-30 Last updated: 2017-05-02Bibliographically approved

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