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Whitaker Ideas Forum: Can temporality theory improve our understanding of project management problems? : A software development perspective

March 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Mairead O'Connor

Affiliation: LERO

Organised by: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway

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Awareness and use of flow techniques is rapidly growing across the information systems development (ISD) community. The differentiating feature of flow techniques is their speed, epitomised by terms such as lead time, cycle time, cost of delay, and velocity. Despite this, ISD research adopts an overly simplistic, ‘clock’ interpretation of time, ignoring the complex, multi-faceted, subtle and socially-embedded nature of temporality. This research applies temporality theory to examine ISD flow in six teams, examining concepts such as event time, synchronisation, and temporal perception and personality. It contributes to research and practice by (i) identifying the temporal characteristics of ISD flow, (ii) identifying challenges of ISD flow, and (iii) identifying recommendations for challenges of ISD flow. While this study examines flow techniques, lessons learned can then be tailored and applied to other ISD contexts.

This is one of a series of seminars in the Whitaker Ideas Forum. Mairead will be representing the Agile and Open Innovation research cluster.









The Whitaker Ideas Forum is a weekly seminar, running Wednesday’s throughout the semester from 1:00pm-2:00pm in CA110. It provides the opportunity for members of the Institute to showcase their research. The result are presentations that highlight the diversity of the research being undertaken, while allowing for an opportunity to engage in discussions and, sometimes, collaboration with attendees. Below, you will find a list of this semester’s seminars, please click the title for more information on that seminar.

Date Presenter Seminar Topic Whitaker

Research Cluster

23 January Eoin Daly Popular Sovereignty after Brexit Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security
30 January Tom Gillespie Rising waters and falling prices: The effects of flood risk on the Irish housing market SEMRU
6 February Sinead Mellett Farmers perception of climate change in Ireland Innovation and Structural Change
13 February Eimear Heaslip Learning from Living Labs: Experiences from the field Environment, Development and Sustainability
20 February Lorraine D’Arcy Spatial Planning, Urban Design, Transport and Human Health – Much more than footpaths and cycleways Social Sciences Research Centre
27 February Luke McGrath Natural capital accounting for Ireland through boom and bust: Genuine Savings 1990-2016 SEMRU
6 March Dmitry Brychkov Systems Social Marketing Approach to Upscale Galway Cycling System SIPPS
13 March Mairead O’Connor Can temporality theory improve our understanding of project management problems? : A software development perspective Agile and Open Innovation (LERO)
20 March Aristides Vara Horna Domestic Violence and Businesses: Consequences and Responses in Global South Gender and Public Policy
27 March Valerie Ledwith Discounting the Displaced: Examining Hungary’s Denial of Human Security for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees


Population and Migration