Governance of Mixed Agile/Traditional Digital Transformation Programs

Item Type Journal paper

While agile principles and methods have become mainstream in IT solution development, they have also immersed project management and organizational design. This process, however, is gradual so that management and governance practice of digital transformation programs (DTP) often have to deal with a coexistence of agile and traditional components. Such coexistence leads to tensions as some agile principles and methods are incompatible with or even contrary to their traditional counterparts. Drawing on existing discourses on tensions and governance, the purpose of this paper is to (1) identify and analyze such tensions in the context of complex DTP, (2) explore the corresponding challenges for program governance, and (3) derive requirements to enhance current DTP governance practice to deal with those challenges. The data gathered from an in-depth revelatory dual-case study of large DTPs let us identify 18 tensions, 17 corresponding governance challenges, and derive 10 requirements for a “change-mode-agnostic” governance system.

Authors Kiselev, Caroline & Winter, Robert
Research Team BIE, IWI1
Journal or Publication Title Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems
Language English
Subjects information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date August 2020
Publisher Assoc. of Information Systems
Number of Pages 11
Official URL
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Robert Winter
Date Deposited 26 Aug 2020 08:39
Last Modified 26 Aug 2020 08:39


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Kiselev, Caroline & Winter, Robert (2020) Governance of Mixed Agile/Traditional Digital Transformation Programs. Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems,

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