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2019/2020  KAN-CINTO1810U  Advanced IT Project Management

English Title
Advanced IT Project Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Jacob Nørbjerg - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Project and change management
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 26-11-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Select and explain key terms, definitions, concepts, theories and models covered in the course that are relevant to a specific case setting
  • Apply the selected key terms, definitions, concepts, theories and models to analyse project management in the specific case setting.
  • Present a clear and coherent argument for your choice of relevant theories and models and follow academic conventions in the written presentation
  • Identify and discuss practical implications and limitations of applying specific theories, models, and concepts from the course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on own activities, interactions and related learnings throughout the course and argue for their substantiveness and relevance for producing the exam assignment.
Course prerequisites
Familiarity with the basic concepts and techniques in IT project management, such as team composition, and techniques for project planning and control.
Please contact the teacher for advice if you do not know whether you qualify.
Advanced IT Project Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 2 weeks to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
An exam assignment will form the basis of the re-exam.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The context and conditions of contemporary IT software and systems are complex and constantly changing. While the traditional large scale (in house or vendor based) monolithic projects are still carried out, today's software and systems development range from small phone apps to large complex inter-organizational systems, and from embedded software to standard products. Projects may involve several teams and vendors from different continents. At the same time, development paradigms, principles, and practices have evolved from the traditional waterfall over current explorations into continuous delivery and deployment.

Development and management technologies and tools are evolving at a similar pace. In this dynamic context, project participants need to navigate multiple dilemmas.

The course supports students in learning how to understand and manage today's complex and diverse IT projects. Building on the students' knowledge about basic project management concepts, techniques and challenges, the course will discuss current project management dilemmas. The aim of the course is to improve the students' ability to become reflective project managers in multiple contexts and settings.


Examples of dilemmas covered in the course

- The predictive vs adaptive planning dilemma

- The success dilemma

- The sourcing dilemma

- The escalation / de-escalation dilemma

- Process vs people dilemma


Description of the teaching methods
The course includes 10 weekly sesions where each session consists of online lectures (approx. 1 hour) and in class activities (2 hours) for which students are expected to prepare in advance. The learning content consists of asynchronous online lectures, and assignments which are discussed in class.Student participation will be targeted at producing insights that are meant to be covered in the final exam assignment.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback possibilities are ensured through weekly workshops with student presentations and discussions.
Student workload
Lectures and in class activities 30 hours
Preparation 65 hours
Assignments 60 hours
Exam preparation and exam 51 hours
Expected literature

The literature can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the final literature in the teaching plan.


The course readings consist of selected research papers.


Example articles:

Babb, JJ, Hoda, R. and Nørbjerg, J. (2014). XP in a Small Software Development Business. Adapting to Local Constraints. 5th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2014, TH Commissio, J. Nørbjerg and J. Pries-Heje, Ringsted, Denmark, Springer.


Conboy, K. (2009). Agility from First Principles: Reconstruction of the Concept of Agility in Information Systems Development. Information Systems Research (20: 3): 329-354.


Dennehy, D. and Conboy, K. (2016). Going with the flow: An activity theory analysis of flow techniques in software development. Journal of Systems and Software.


Fitzgerald, B. and Stol, K.-J. (2015). Continuous software engineering: A roadmap and agenda. Journal of Systems and Software.


Hertzum, M., Bansler, JP, Port, EC and Simonsen, J. (2012). Pilot Implementation: Learning from Field Tests in IS Development. Communications of the AIS (30:20): 313-328.


Kautz, K., Madsen, S. and Nørbjerg, J. (2007). Persistent problems and practices in information systems development. Information Systems Journal (17): 217-239.


Linberg, KR (1999). Software developer perceptions about software project failure: a case study. The Journal of Systems and Software (49): 177-192.



Lohan, G., Conboy, K. and Lang, M. (2011). Examining Customer Focus in IT Project Management. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems (23: 2): 29-58.


Lyytine, K., Rose, G. and Yoo, Y. (2010). Learning routines and disruptive technological change: Hyper-learning in seven software development organizations during internet adoption. Information Technology & People (23: 2): 165-192.


Olsson, HH, Ó Conchúir, E., Ågerfalk, PJ and Fitzgerald, B. (2008). Two-Stage Offshoring: An Investigation of the Irish Bridge. MIS Quarterly (32: 2): 257-279.


Persson, JS, Nørbjerg, J. and Nielsen, PA (2016). Improving ISD Agility in Fast-moving Software organizations. Twenty-Fourth European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Istanbul, Turkey.


Pries-Heje, J., Nørbjerg, J., Aaen, I. and Ellisberg, T. (2008). The Road to High Maturity. Software Processes and Knowledge, PA Nielsen and K. Kautz. Aalborg, Software Innovation Publisher: 165-194.


Schneider, C. and Sarker, S. (2005). A Case of Information Systems Pre-Implementation Failure: Pitfalls of Overlooking the Key Stakeholders' Interests. Journal of Cases on Information Technology (7: 2): 50-66.






Last updated on 26-11-2019