Management Challenges in Product Configuration Projects

Sara Shafiee, Yves Wautelet, Lars Hvam

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Abstract

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
Pages275-276
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5323-5945-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2nd IEOM European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management - IESEG Paris Campus, Paris, France
Duration: 26 Jul 201827 Jul 2018

Conference

Conference2nd IEOM European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
LocationIESEG Paris Campus
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period26/07/201827/07/2018

Keywords

  • Product Configuration System (PCS)
  • Project Management
  • Rational Unified Process (RUP)
  • Agile

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Shafiee, S., Wautelet, Y., & Hvam, L. (2018). Management Challenges in Product Configuration Projects. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (pp. 275-276). IEOM Society International.