This study uses control theory as a lens to examine the use of control
in agile information systems development (ISD) projects, specifically
within software project teams that use agile methodologies.
Traditionally, requirements for ISD projects have been defined at the
outset and it has been the role of the project manager to control the
project and help the team to achieve their goals. However, the goals of
agile ISD projects are flexible and can change frequently, with the
consequence that it can be difficult for a project manager to determine
the most appropriate and effective type of control to use at each stage
of a project. The aim of this research is to: develop a research
instrument that will identify the control modes used by project teams in
agile ISD projects; conduct a survey to collect data; and develop a
framework for assessing the effectiveness of each control mode.