Graduate School of Business
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Agile project management, engagement, Scrum Master, distributed team, leadership style, training
Seeton, Kristin A., "The Impact of Agile Project Management on Productivity in IT Projects" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3668.
Agile project management is considered an enabler for increased productivity over traditional project management frameworks because Agile helps the team remain focused and transparent, fostering collaboration, communication, and accountability. The methodology relies on self-organized and frequently geographically disbursed teams. This approach encourages creativity and innovation, increases the pace of development, enables flexibility in response to changing requirements, and promotes customer satisfaction. However, implementing Agile methodologies requires a philosophical change in management’s approach. Adapting to an Agile organization requires understanding the differences in methods and the impact of the changes on the working culture. The engagement of remote team members by the scrum master is critical to the project's success. Therefore, this qualitative case study explores the interaction between distributed team members and the Scrum Master. The primary data source was interviews with remote Agile team members and Scrum Masters from a manufacturing company in North America. The results indicated that transformational leadership and extensive agile knowledge and proficiency significantly impacted the productivity and efficiency of the project team.