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The Effectiveness of scrum in project management in the Sri Lankan context

Show simple item record Senanayake, GAL 2011-03-04T05:23:00Z 2011-03-04T05:23:00Z
dc.description ; The Dissertation submitted to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering for the MBA en_US
dc.description.abstract The challenges with developing software systems led to a switch from traditional software methodologies like Waterfall towards the Agile software methodologies. These Agile software methodologies have become more and more popular in recent times, and Scrum in particular has been adopted by many companies. The current literature suggests that these Agile methodologies are indeed more effective in project management, particularly in dealing with the complexity of modern software systems and the rapidly changing business environment. Given however a lack of available evidence of such research on the factors leading to the adoption of Scrum, its usage and its impact within Sri Lanka, this thesis investigates the efficacy of Scrum in project management in the Sri Lankan context. Agile methodologies were initially proposed as being effective in specialized scenarios, for example, with small co-located teams, but studies have shown that these methodologies are also effective in many other settings. The existing literature further proposes that many factors can affect the effectiveness of these methodologies. This thesis therefor: set out to compare some of the critical success factors identified in the existing literature against various characteristics found in the Sri Lankan environment. A questionnaire was developed for measuring the effectiveness of projects that use the Scrum methodology, and data was gathered from professionals in six companies. The results revealed that several factors were strongly associated with the effectiveness of projects, namely management support, organizational environment, customer involvement, project management process, delivery strategy and team environment. While this study is not able to confirm that these six factors directly cause an impact on the effectiveness of a project, they are important factors that practitioners should be aware of. To ensure the success of their projects, stakeholders are urged to facilitate upper management support, create an Agile-friendly organizational environment, ensure strong customer involvement and follow an Agile project management process. Key words: Agile project management, Scrum iii
dc.format.extent ix, [71]p. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - Dissertation
dc.subject COMPUTER INDUSTRY - Project Management
dc.subject AJILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT - Scrum Methodology
dc.title The Effectiveness of scrum in project management in the Sri Lankan context
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MBA en_US
dc.identifier.department Computer Science & Engineering en_US 2009-12
dc.identifier.accno 95687 en_US

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