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Choosing Agile or Plan-driven Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Implementations - A study on 21 Implementations from 20 Companies

Conference paper
Authors Lucas Gren
Alexander Wong
Erik Kristoffersson
Published in 4th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development (STPIS'18) co-located with 30th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2018)
ISSN 1613-0073
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Business Administration, Management & Organisation
Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Language en
Keywords agile project management, strategic decision making, empirical study, enterprise resource planning systems
Subject categories Information Systems, Software Engineering


Agile methods have gotten a good reputation for managing projects in many different sectors. A challenge among practitioners in the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) domain, is to decide if an agile method is suitable or not for new projects. This study investigates how decision-makers select between agile and plan-driven ERP implementation projects in relation to known factors from previous research. We selected projects that the decision-makers assessed as successful, but borderline, agile and plan-driven projects already implemented and let project managers fill out a survey consisting of key agile or plan-driven characteristics. We found that the assessment made by decision-makers did not differ on any aspects except higher executive buy-in for process change, and the prioritization of low cost in the agile projects. This study highlights the difficulty in selecting implementation strategy for a large part of the ERP implementations, and the data show that the decisionmakers could not make such a decision at an early point in time without contextual knowledge.

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