Identifying and Investigating Usage Barriers of Agile Project Management in Road Construction Projects

Document Type : Research Article


1 Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Isfahan, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Isfahan, Iran


 In order to complete the project on time and to accurately advance the construction and operation plans, the use of agile project management methodology in road construction projects, as the main communication networks, is essential. In this regard, the present study aims to investigate the barriers and ways of using the agility management project in road construction projects. The population consists of all project managers, specialists, experts, consultants and contractors of road and urban planning department of Isfahan province who are 150 persons. Nomber of 108 persons are selected as the statistical samples by the Cochran sample size formula and convenience sampling. The used questionnaire is a researcher-made questionnaire of agile project management obstacles, which is compiled by the following 6 dimensions (managerial-organizational, skill and competence, knowledge management, human resources, cost, project complexity) and 30 items based on the 5-point Likert scale. The face, content and construct validity of the questionnaires are confirmed. The reliability coefficient of the questionnaire is estimated (0.891). The findings of the research indicate that the number of obstacles identified in the use of agile project management in road construction projects are in the higher level than mean and the studied factors are identified as relatively strong barriers of using agile project management in road construction projects. In addition, ranking of identified obstacles as barriers of using agile project management in road construction projects is as following: knowledge management dimension with the mean rank of (4.02) if the first, human resources dimension with the mean rank of (3.69) is the second, the project complexity with the mean rank of (3.50) is the third, the managerial-organizational dimension and the cost with the mean rank of (3.37) is the fourth, and the skill and competence dimension with the mean rank of (3.06) is the fifth rank. Finally, some strategies are presented to solve the problems of using agile project management.


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