Traditional project management and the visual workplace environment to improve project success

by Fichera, Christopher E., D.B.A., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2016, 114 pages; 10108923


A majority of large IT projects fail to meet scheduled deadlines, are over budget and do not satisfy the end user. Many projects fail in spite of utilizing traditional project management techniques. Research of project management has not identified the use of a visual workspace as a feature affecting or influencing the success of a project during the project lifecycle. A project’s success is conditional on how well the project manager can effectively manage the constraints of project scope, schedule, and budget. To improve the opportunity for project success, the project manager must possess the tools required to ensure project success. The addition of a visual work environment is becoming a recognized standard in the project management environment to help project managers overcome many of the project scope, schedule, and budget challenges. The objective of this study is to add to the existing body of knowledge for project management by examining projects that utilize traditional project management tools and investigate if there is a relationship between the addition of visual project management tools and project success. Participants in this study are currently certified project managers in the Information Technology (IT) field who are members of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and with project execution experience in Traditional Project Management (TPM), Agile, or Kanban processes. The study utilized a quantitative, correlational, non-experimental research approach to establishing if there is a relationship between the utilization of visual project management tools and project success. The results provided support for the the positive impact of the inclusion of a visual workspace environment into project management and suggest a reason for the superior performances of project success of the Agile and Kanban methodologies.

AdviserDavid Braga
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Management; Information technology
Publication Number10108923

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