How to manage an innovative IT-project and survive
Session duration: 45 minutes
Session type: Interactive presentation
Intended Audience: Project managers, customers and developers working in agile projects
Session language: English
The NIWI-KNAW has had various experiences with IT-projects in library environments. Librarians work with electronic tools similar to the tools their predecessors used 100 years ago (the so called analogue domain). With the help of XP we tried to make the customer (i.e. librarians but also researchers in the humanities) more conscious of the possibilities of todays IT solutions (the digital domain). We found out that the main obstacle in this proces are the roles of the customer and programmer:
This has lead to what we call: the innovative debate.
- the customer thinks that his word is law.
- the programmer thinks that he is leading, for he is responsible for the code: the code should have a clear architecture and should be easy to maintain.
This debate has the following goals:
The debate requires facilitation:
- an innovative debate must lead to innovative tools
- although there's a lack of dialogue, the innovative debate keeps the participants round the table
- subjective criteria like right and wrong are recognized as being subjective
This presentation will be interactive, using the experiences of two years acquired in the i-Tor project, using XP as a development environment.
- done by the projectmanager
- there are some basic rules for the innovative debate
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