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Excellence in IT project management – firing agile silver bullets

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posted on 20.05.2015, 10:50 authored by Michael Elliott, Ray DawsonRay Dawson
With almost thirty years since the start of our quest to find Fred Brooks’ magical “Silver Bullet” to slay our productivity horrors, and twenty years since the first Standish report on IT project success and failures, are we getting closer? This paper discusses and challenges current thinking on process improvement initiates to provide answers of how we can significantly improve IT project productivity and consider that to achieve a step change in improvement requires a different approach. Recent Standish research has highlighted the Agile Methodology as being particularly successful for the smaller IT project. However, what specifically is creating this improvement? Is it the process itself or is there something that the process enables? The hypothesis presented is that in order to create the step change improvement in IT project management delivery, we need to significantly improve the inter-personal skills of the whole IT project management team. The revolution for improved productivity will stem from challenging the typical career paths of technology learning to provide a much greater focus on the softer skills.

History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Computer Science

Published in

International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals

Volume

6

Issue

3

Citation

ELLIOTT, M. and DAWSON, R., 2015. Excellence in IT project management – firing agile silver bullets. International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals, 6 (3), pp. 71-84.

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© IGI Global

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

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ISSN

1947-3486

Language

en