Agile Management of a Mobile Application Development Project for Surgeon Workflows

Agile Management of a Mobile Application Development Project for Surgeon Workflows

Andrew A. Tawfik (Concordia University, USA), Jeffery L. Belden (University of Missouri, USA) and Joi L. Moore (University of Missouri, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4237-9.ch014
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Abstract

This case describes the agile management methods for an iPhone software development project. The overall objective was to design a smartphone solution that allowed surgeons access to dynamic Electronic Health Record (EHR) data to optimize their workflow. Three separate organizations distributed the responsibilities. Specifically, the lead organization, Cerner Corporation, collaborated with the University of Missouri Health Care and University of Missouri Information Experience Lab to create the technology. Project goals included increased surgeon satisfaction; improved task efficiency, as measured by time spent retrieving lab and vital sign data on morning rounds; dynamic data accessibility; and increased revenue from new product sales. To accomplish these goals, agile project management was utilized, applying iterative usability methods to create deliverables within a short development cycle. Each development cycle focused on user-centered design principles. Several challenges were encountered related to the user-centered design methods, usability data extraction, academic collaborations, and interface design choices.

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