Management Challenges in Product Configuration Projects

Sara Shafiee, Yves Wautelet, Lars Hvam

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    Product Configuration Systems (PCS) are considered types of IT systems that enable companies to develop product alternatives to facilitate the sales and production processes automation. Based on literature, there are various challenges reported on managing different phases of PCS projects. Different tools and solutions have been suggested and applied for solving these challenges especially at the level of the project management process. Moreover, various software project management methods are used, in order to get high quality PCS, such as Rational Unified Process (RUP). The changes from Plan-driven methodologies towards a pure agile way of working is a challenge that comes with both benefits and risks. In this paper, first we will investigate about the PCS projects using the RUP method and then we will discuss PCS projects cases managed and launch using Agile principles. We use a comparative qualitative explanatory case study method on multiple data sources: documentation, workshops and participant observation. We find that changing from RUP to Scrum brings both positive effects and
    challenges to the organization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
    PublisherIEOM Society International
    Publication date2018
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5323-5945-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event2nd European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management - IESEG Paris Campus, Paris, France
    Duration: 26 Jul 201827 Jul 2018
    Conference number: 2


    Conference2nd European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
    LocationIESEG Paris Campus
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    • Product Configuration System (PCS)
    • Project Management
    • Rational Unified Process (RUP)
    • Agile


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