Student Theses and Projects: Agile Development, Innovation methods and Digital Transformation: New forms of managing IT projects


Thesis (BA/MA/Guided Research); Reference-number: 2017-172

Advisor(s): Barbara Prommegger


Agile Software Development has found its way into many companies in recent years and currently affects a wide variety of organisations. The concept of Agility is no longer limited to small, secluded teams, but nowadays also in use in companies of big size with complex structures and interdependencies. Organisations no longer only strive to let teams and employees become agile, but also focus becoming an agile organisation themselves.

In addition to Agility, other reforms like Design Thinking and Digital Transformation create new challenges, but also opportunities for the modern IT organization. Companies are repeatedly faced with the need to adapt these concepts to their own circumstances and to integrate them into their own processes. This raises questions such as: How can agile methods be best applied in regulated areas? How does outsourcing affect agile teams and how are virtual teams in large scale, IT projects best coordinated? How is the transformation process in IT organisation handled and what are effects of culture and common values between organisation and worker? Which innovation methods (eg. Design Thinking) are suitable for mastering the complexity and requirements of the current IT market?

These and similar questions serve as a basis for further work in the context of student theses and projects (BA/MA/Guided Research). The activities during the preparation of the work include literature analysis, the compilation of research questions, conduction of the research and deriving the findings. The research gap can be investigated using Design Science Research, qualitative analysis (interviews, case study research etc.) or quantitative analysis (data from questionnaires, archive data, public data, etc.).


  • Agile software development in various context

    • Agile & Compliance and Regulations
    • Agile & Outsourcing and service providers 
    • Agile & Large Scale, Distributed IT Projects

  • Transformation in IT Projects: The impact of organisation & worker alignment (organisational culture, values, expectation management etc.)
  • Complexity handling & innovation in IT Projects: The effects of Design Thinking and similar methods
  • Similar topics 


  • Interest in current topics of IT (Agile, Digitalization, Design Thinking etc.)
  • Experience in & willingness to learn about scientific writing
  • Experience in & willingness to learn about literature reviews
  • Experience in & willingness to learn about quantitative/qualitative data analysis
  • Structured, reliable & self-motivated work style 

Further Information

Dingsøyr T., Moe N.B. (2014) Towards Principles of Large-Scale Agile Development. In: Dingsøyr T., Moe N.B., Tonelli R., Counsell S., Gencel C., Petersen K. (eds) Agile Methods. Large-Scale Development, Refactoring, Testing, and Estimation. XP 2014. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 199. Springer, Cham

Alzoubi, Y. I., Gill, A. Q., & Al-Ani, A. (2016). Empirical studies of geographically distributed agile development communication challenges: A systematic review. Information & Management, 53(1), 22-37.

Fitzgerald, B., Stol, K.-J., O'Sullivan, R. & O'Brien, D. (2013). Scaling agile methods to regulated environments. An industry case study. ICSE '13 Proceedings of the 2013 Internation-al Conference on Software Engineering, 863–872.