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Title: Issues in implementation of fixed time fixed price software projects: an Indian case

Authors: Mohammed Arshad Khan; Santanu Roy

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Abstract: Fixed Time Fixed Price (FTFP) is a software project engagement model wherein the scope of the software deliverables, budget, and schedule, are decided upfront before the commencement of the project. The work reported in the paper probes into the factors perceived to be influencing the effectiveness of such project engagements in Indian information technology companies. The respondents comprise the developers and the quality assurance teams belonging to both junior and senior levels. Results indicate that client acceptance, perceived benefits to the project organisation, and delegation of authority, and, to some extent, project goals and top management support, are significant factors for project implementation success. Development and quality assurance teams perceive issues such as project goals and benefits to the project organisations similarly though differing significantly regarding the issue of client acceptance. Junior and senior team members exhibit perception differences only on the issue of top management support in crisis.

Keywords: fixed price; fixed time; FTFP software projects; information technology; project implementation; implementation effectiveness; India; client acceptance; perceived benefits; delegation of authority; project goals; top management support.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIIM.2014.065323

International Journal of Intercultural Information Management, 2014 Vol.4 No.1, pp.67 - 86

Accepted: 23 Aug 2014
Published online: 21 Oct 2014 *

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