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Agile Project Management: A Case Study of a Virtual Research Environment Development Project

Procter, Rob and Rouncefield, Mark and Poschen, Meik and Lin, Yuwei and Voss, Alex (2011) Agile Project Management: A Case Study of a Virtual Research Environment Development Project. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 20 (3). pp. 197-225. ISSN 0925-9724

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Abstract

In this paper we use a case study of a project to create a Web 2.0-based, Virtual Research Environment (VRE) for researchers to share digital resources in order to reflect on the principles and practices for embedding eResearch applications within user communities. In particular, we focus on the software development methodologies and project management techniques adopted by the project team in order to ensure that the project remained responsive to changing user requirements without compromising their capacity to keep the project ‘on track’, i.e. meeting the goals declared in the project proposal within budget and on time. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, we describe how the project team, whose members are distributed across multiple sites (and often mobile), exploit a repertoire of coordination mechanisms, communication modes and tools, artefacts and structuring devices as they seek to establish the orderly running of the project while following an agile, user-centred development approach.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Uncontrolled Keywords: agile software project management ; eResearch ; Virtual Research Environment ; user engagement ; Web 2.0
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 57996
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2012 11:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 10:34
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57996

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