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Most used project management tools and techniques in information systems projects

João Varajão (ALGORITMI Center, Department of Information Systems, Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, Portugal)
Gabriela Fernandes (CEMMPRE, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)
Hélio Silva (MSI, Department of Information Systems, Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, Portugal)

Journal of Systems and Information Technology

ISSN: 1328-7265

Article publication date: 25 November 2020

Issue publication date: 11 December 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding of practice in information systems (IS) project management (PM) by analyzing the use of tools and techniques by IS project managers.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors carried out an international questionnaire-based survey with experienced IS project managers.

Findings

Results reveal that, notwithstanding the similarities between the tools and techniques used in IS projects and projects from other areas, there are also significant differences concerning those more frequently used. The top five tools and techniques most used are “kick-off meeting,” “progress meetings,” “progress reports,” “requirements analysis” and “activity list.” However, the low use of some tools and techniques, from management areas such as risk and quality management, or related to the project monitoring and control, should raise concern.

Research limitations/implications

Through the results of this research, researchers, organizations and practitioners can identify ways of developing and enhancing PM by examining the tools and techniques identified as the most used and those that are not being used as frequently as expected.

Originality/value

It provides a useful benchmarking basis for evaluating the most applicable tools and techniques, designing training and teaching programs and identifying academic research opportunities in IS PM.

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Citation

Varajão, J., Fernandes, G. and Silva, H. (2020), "Most used project management tools and techniques in information systems projects", Journal of Systems and Information Technology, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 225-242. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSIT-08-2017-0070

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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