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Introducing New IT Project Management Practices: a Case Study
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
2004 (English)In: AMCIS 2004 Proceedings, 2004, 784-792 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The increasing complexity of information systems development (ISD) projects calls for improved project management practices. This, together with an endeavor to improve the success rate of ISD projects, has served as drivers for various efforts in process improvement such as the introduction of new development methods. An ISD method may be perceived as a means for managing projects. Commercial development methods are typically combined with in-house methods for managing parts of the development process. In this paper we investigate in what way in-house methods and commercial methods are combined and used in an ISD project. In order to get a better understanding for how these issues are actually dealt with in the daily work, we have followed a project with a focus on how the group and the individuals implement the managerial decision to introduce a new development method.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. 784-792 p.
Keyword [en]
Development methods, project management practice, method use
National Category
Information Science
Research subject
Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-2476OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-2476DiVA: diva2:132632
Available from: 2008-12-22 Created: 2008-12-22 Last updated: 2014-08-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Development Process Knowledge Transfer through Method Adaptation, Implementation, and Use
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2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Information Systems Engineering (ISE) is an interdisciplinary approach to enable the realisation of successful information systems in a broad sense. ISE comprises a number of areas of expertise that must be integrated and managed in order to build information systems. Since ISE is becoming progressively more complex there is an increasing need to codify and manage knowledge within and about the ISE process.

From a knowledge perspective the different model types created in an ISE project are examples of codified knowledge about the future system. The descriptions of how work should proceed are examples of codified knowledge of the process of creating the system. In summary, one of the main concerns in the ISE process is to manage the substantial amount of knowledge associated with the process as such as well as with the target domain of the actual development project and the developed software.

In the thesis I recognise three areas of knowledge in ISE: development process knowledge, target domain knowledge, and software knowledge. Furthermore, I use a set of knowledge perspectives in order to describe and analyse ISE from a knowledge perspective. Finally, I introduce three aspects: organisation, artefact, and individual in order to be able to discuss and analyse how methods are actually used in organisations and how they affect the work situation.

The results are presented in the form of a framework for knowledge transfer in ISE that comprises the knowledge perspective, the knowledge area, and the aspect of knowledge transfer. The framework is thus used to analyse the results from the six papers enclosed in the thesis. The results also comprise an empirical characterisation of a method in use which is based on data collected during an ethnographical study. Finally the results are made concrete in the form of a pattern collection for method introduction and method use.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholms universitet, 2004. 138 p.
Series
Report series, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 04-014
Keyword
information system development, development methods
National Category
Computer and Information Science
Research subject
Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-1538 (URN)91-7265-965-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
(English)
Available from: 2007-07-09 Created: 2007-07-09 Last updated: 2010-04-14

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