Agile project management: “people as our most important asset”?

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to examine employees’ experiences of work at an IT consultancy company using agility to give employees greater autonomy and decision latitude. The agile practices are analyzed through an in-depth case study comprising interviews and nonparticipative observation of managers and employees. The paper concludes that although aiming to increase autonomy and decision latitude by introducing agile project management, the company risks eroding commitment among its employees. Indeed, the new social dynamics engender new professional insecurities and decision-making passivity and appear to lack a clear organizational purpose, thus challenging certain aspects of employee commitment.
Translated title of the contributionRe-distribution af autoritet i anti-hierarkisk alternativ organisering
Original languageEnglish
JournalProject Management Journal
Number of pages34
ISSN8756-9728
Publication statusSubmitted - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • agile
  • project management
  • work commitment
  • future of work
  • knowledge work

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