Towards a Hybrid Project Management Method for Managing Research Projects

Dr Joffrey Mabuma - Key Account Manager, TEAMWILLE GmbH

The research budgets are growing: In 2007 61.5 billion Euros were spent for research purposes in Germany alone – five years later, expenses have already risen to 79.4 billion Euros. Two thirds of that amount are invested in the business sector and one third is used for financing fundamental research conducted by universities in research projects.[1]

Research projects usually feature the following characteristics:

a) High thematic or technical complexity

b) Unclear requirements

c) Flexibility of Goals [2]

“Which project management approach is best suited for research projects?”

To answer this question we first have to decide between classic (e.g. Waterfall Model) and agile project management (e.g. Scrum).

A decision-making-matrix helps us to compare both approaches based on certain criteria. These criteria are evaluated on the basis of their validity for research projects.

In the presented decision-making-matrix it is clear that research projects show more characteristics for agile project management compared to the classic project management.

A suitable agile method is based on the SCORE (SCrum fOr REsearch) method [3-5] and considers the following core tasks:

a) Establishing of an initial sprint (Sprint 0)

b) Prioritising is essential

c) Dividing work into short sprints

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Room Harris 1 & 2
Time 15:45 - 17:00
Date Tuesday 5th June, 2018
Theme Managing Research Projects
Style Pecha Kucha
Speakers Dr Joffrey Mabuma - Key Account Manager, TEAMWILLE GmbH