IT Project Management (SIGITProjMgmt)

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Track Chairs

Stacie Petter, Baylor University, stacie_petter@baylor.edu
Lorraine Lee, University of North Carolina Wilmington, leel@uncw.edu

Track Description

Unfortunately, information technology (IT) projects have become notorious for high failure rates or having significant cost or budget overruns. Both research and anecdotal evidence suggests that many IT projects struggle to meet functionality and quality targets. Research has identified multiple reasons for these challenges in IT projects, such as: project escalation, poor risk management, failure to manage user expectations, poor software development or project management processes, or inability to learn from past mistakes and successes. The insights gained from research in this area are often highly relevant to practice and can offer new contributions to existing theory. As a research community, there is still much to be learned and discussed about improving success rates for IT projects.

Mini-Track 1: Agile Project Management

Meghann Drury-Grogan, Fordham University, mdrury@fordham.edu

Agile methodologies such as eXtreme Programming (XP) and SCRUM strive to reduce the cost of change throughout the software development process and improve development quality and timeliness. Even though there have been many success stories with the adoption of agile methodologies, managers struggle with maintaining agile methodologies in the long-term. They are challenged to align their traditional methodologies and tools to those of agile methodologies.

In this track, we are seeking high quality research papers for this track that investigate various aspects of agile project management. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: a) Challenges implementing and sustaining agile methodologies; b) Managing co-located, virtual and/or distributed agile teams; c) Decision-making and governance in agile teams; d) Communication and interaction on agile teams; e) Controls used in agile teams; f) Best practices in agile project management

Mini-Track 2: General Topics in IT Project Management

Michael A. Chilton, Kansas State University, mchilton@ksu.edu

IT projects continues to suffer from failure due to delays, cost overruns, and improper functionality, despite the various methods that have been developed for improved management of IT projects. As a result, continued study aimed at improving management and ultimately the results of IT projects, is needed. This mini-track will serve as a place where authors can submit their work, which may not precisely fit into other IT project management areas of study.

Mini-Track 3: IT Project Success

Dirk Basten, University of Cologne, basten@wiso.uni-koeln.de
Bjoern Michalik, University of Cologne, michalik@wiso.uni-koeln.de

The challenge of successfully accomplishing information technology (IT) projects is still prevailing. In both research and practice, many efforts have been made to identify factors that help to avoid failure and to ensure success. Additionally, a central aspect of IT project success research deals with its measurement. This minitrack seeks high quality research papers that investigate the linkage of IT project success factors and success criteria. We call for studies explaining how (well-known) success factors contribute to specific IT project success criteria. In this regard, we welcome both conceptual and empirical papers that employ a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Mini-Track 4: Project Management Education

Michael J. Cuellar, Georgia Southern University, mcuellar@georgiasouthern.edu

Learning to be a project manager in the information systems world is often an informal process. Many times IS professionals have become project managers on the basis of broad project experience and technical expertise rather than systematic training. The informal nature of project management training resulted in project managers not possessing all the skills they should have to be successful. The purpose of this mini-track then is to provide a forum to exchange ideas and experience in these areas. Participants in this mini-track should receive practical advice on how to address these areas and take away ideas on how to improve their courses and curricula. Types of papers include research, curriculum suggestions, teaching tips and teaching cases. This year in keeping with the conference theme, we encourage participants to submit papers reflecting a novel approach to PM education.

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