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Towards a Theory of Project Management Using Conceptual Modeling

Towards a Theory of Project Management Using Conceptual Modeling
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Author(s): Michael Thygs (European Research Center for Infor. Systems (ERCIS), Germany)and Christian Brelage (European Research Center for Infor. Systems (ERCIS), Germany)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch031
ISBN13: 9781616921293
EISBN13: 9781466665354


Despite considerable research on project management, the success rate of projects is still unacceptably low. At an average of 68% information system (IS) development projects were not completed successfully, although there are many methods and techniques dealing with the modeling and execution of information system development projects. The phenomenon of failed projects is caused at least partially by communication problems within project teams and misunderstandings of current project management methods. We argue that researchers lack a common PM-specific language that can be used to exchange ideas. By using a design science approach, we create a PM-specific language by means of a conceptual model that can serve as a theory for practitioners and researchers alike. Moreover, we are assessing the agile method SCRUM by applying the model, in order to show is utility and applicability.

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