Agile methods have taken software development by storm, but have been primarily applied to projects in what is referred to as the “agile sweet spot”, which consists of small collocated teams working on small, non-critical, greenfield, in-house software projects with stable architectures and simple governance rules. These methods are being used more and more on large projects, but this has not been well documented.
Yvan Petit and Brian Hobbs received a grant from PMI’s Sponsored Research Program to investigate the adoption and adaptation of agile methods for use on large projects in large organizations. The empirical study is based first on case studies, followed by a survey to validate and enrich the case study results. The research project is now complete. A detailed research monograph will be published by PMI and made available to members on their website at http://www.pmi.org/learning/academic-research/sponsored/published in the spring of 2017. An article will appear in the Project Management Journal later in 2017.
The conference will present the main results from the research in relation to the following four topics: 1) motives and strategies for implementing agile methods, 2) the impact of agile implementation on organizational roles, 3) the impact of agile implementation on project initiation, and 4) agile project organizations.
The results are somewhat paradoxical in that some features are common to almost all observations, while others show extreme variability. The common features include use of scrum methodology and agile coaches, as well as, the non-respect of the agile principle of emergent architecture.
Dr. Brian Hobbs PMP has been a professor at the School of Management of the University of Quebec at Montreal in the Master's Program in Project Management for more than thirty years. This program, of which he is a past director, is accredited by PMI’s Global Accreditation Center. He founded the Project Management Research Chair at the University of Quebec in Montreal in 2007and held the Chair until 2015. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, an MBA and a PhD in Management. He has served terms on both PMI's Standards and Research Members Advisory Groups and is currently a member of the PMI-Montreal Board of Governors. He received the 2012 PMI Research Achievement Award and with his colleague Monique Aubry received the 2012 International Project Management Association Research Award for their work on PMOs. In 2013, he received the Research Career Achievement Award from the School of Management. In 2015, he became a PMI Fellow.
Yvan Petit, M.Eng., MBA (Insead), PhD, PMP, PfMP is an associate professor at the University of Quebec at Montreal (ESG UQAM) since 2010. He is member of Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec since 1981, certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2001 and Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) since 2014.
His research interests are on portfolio management, agile methods and uncertainty management. He has over 25 years of experience in project management, primarily in software development and R&D in the telecommunications industry. He has been a member of the Canadian committee on the ISO TC-258 on Project Portfolio Management and is now a member of the PMI Standards MAG (Member Advisory Group). He is the program director for the post-graduate programs in project management at ESG UQAM since 2014.