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Recommended Citation: Noureddine, A A, M Damodaran, and S Younes.  A Framework for Harnessing the Best of Both Worlds in Software Project Management: Agile and Traditional.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2009, v 26 (Washington DC): §3164. ISSN: 1542-7382.
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A Framework for Harnessing the Best of Both Worlds in Software Project Management: Agile and Traditional

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Refereed11 pages
Adam A. Noureddine    [a1] [a2]
Richland Hills, Texas, USA    [c1] [c2]

Meledath Damodaran    [a1] [a2]
University of Houston Victoria    [u1] [u2]
Victoria, Texas, USA    [c1] [c2]

Samira Younes    [a1] [a2]
Fort Worth, Texas, USA    [c1] [c2]

According to formal project management methodology, projects go through three key phases. Out of the three, the executing phase occupies the largest portion of the project life span in which most of the work needed to achieve the objectives of the project is actually done. In software projects, executing is the software engineering process. Several methodologies of engineering processes have been established, each having a set of advantages and disadvantages based on factors such as the size of the project, complexity level, team competence, etc. The single focus these methodologies often have such as traditional or agile, present a major challenge for software project managers. This paper proposes a framework that enables the project manager to harness the best of known engineering processes in an agile, but disciplined, manner. The framework provides an effective balance between the need for certainty and the need for agility in software project management.

Keywords: agile software project management, traditional software project management, software engineering process

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