IJIMT 2017 Vol.8(6): 427-434 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2017.8.6.766

Exploring the Critical Success Factors of Virtual-Agile IT Projects: A Grounded Theory Study

Hassan Amar and Markus Haag
Abstract— Business dynamics and competition have necessitated IT organizations to use virtual style of working depending on the principles of agile methods. Virtual-agile IT projects are most relevant in the context of software and web development, new product development and information system projects. Organizations where fulfilling the demands of clients, face several complexities during projects; mainly obstructed by differences in location, time, culture and working dynamics etc. This paper aims to explore some useful practices undertaken in IT industry to deal with such criticalities. The research uses qualitative methods and grounded theory methodology to generate emerging themes recognized as codes or concepts; which were further transformed into categories based on their properties and dimensions. Categories or sub-categories identified were arranged using coding paradigm which helped to identify a core-category. Consequently, the relationships were refined, arranged in a unique way in selective coding phase and a storyline was generated elaborating the relationships between various categories, sub-categories and concepts. Finally, a conclusion is made and recommendations are proposed for future research.

Index Terms— Virtual projects, agile methods, grounded theory methodology, Critical Success Factors (CSFs).

The authors are with University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom (e-mail: hassan.amar1@beds.ac.uk/hazzankhan@msn.com, markus.haag@beds.ac.uk/markus.haag@web.de).

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Cite: Hassan Amar and Markus Haag, " Exploring the Critical Success Factors of Virtual-Agile IT Projects: A Grounded Theory Study," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 427-434, 2017.

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