This paper first explains how IT project management became a profession by first being included in project management in general through organizations such as PMI and IPMA and later by developing as a scientific community within AIS in its own right. Second, the paper describes how agility and the agile methods developed and took over much of the IT project arena. However, IT project management had to respond to the â€œbig waveâ€ of agile, and we explain how they did that through the professional communities IPMA and PMI that developed agile versions of their recommendations and certifications. In parallel with this development, agile was professionalized in its own right by organizations such as the Agile Alliance and scrum.org. We conclude by discussing whether agile and the organizations trying to make it into a profession have achieved enough autonomy to professionalize agile.
Pries-Heje, Jan and Baskerville, Richard, "HOW AGILE IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT WAS PROFESSIONALIZED" (2022). SAIS 2022 Proceedings. 19.