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he rapid emergence of multimedia-based (including Web-based) information systems in recent years presents a serious challenge for the development skills of information systems professionals. Until recently, many such systems were simple, stand-alone applications like electronic brochures. Some have now become extensive, complex, e-commerce applications. As(More)
Brian Fitzgerald holds the Frederick A Krehbiel II Chair in Innovation in Global Business and Technology at the University of Limerick and is also a Science Foundation Ireland Investigator. His publications include 7 books and more than 60 papers, published in leading international conferences and journals. Despite claims in the literature that "(More)
As multimedia information systems begin to infiltrate organizations, there arises a need to capture and disseminate knowledge about how to develop them. Little is thus far known about the realities of multimedia systems development practice, or about how the development of multimedia systems compares to that of 'traditional' information systems. Herein are(More)
Merely calling a system "Web-based" doesn't necessarily imply that its software design differs much from that of a traditional system. When Web-based systems assume hypermedia functionality they become substantively different from a design perspective. Hypermedia technologies support much richer user interfaces, more complex navigation mechanisms, and more(More)
This paper reports the findings of a detailed study of Web-based systems design (WBSD) practices in Ireland based on data collected over a 3-year period (2002– 2005), the objectives of which were to (1) contribute towards a richer understanding of the current ''real-world'' context of WBSD by characterising the profile of a typical project (team size,(More)
Agile software development involves self-managing teams that are empowered and responsible for meeting project goals in whatever way they deem suitable. Managers must place more trust in such teams than they do in teams following more traditional development methodologies. The authors highlight how the use of agile practices can enhance trust amongst agile(More)
Most living species exploit a limited range of resources. However, little is known about how tight associations build up during evolution between such specialist species and the hosts they use. We examined the dependence of Drosophila pachea on its single host, the senita cactus. Several amino acid changes in the Neverland oxygenase rendered D. pachea(More)
Trust is an important aspect of any software development team, but particularly with self-managing teams as team members are very dependent on one another. Agile teams are considered to be self-managing and they employ many different agile practices to function as an agile team. While there have been many studies of trust in software development teams few(More)
research interests are business systems analysis and design; hypermedia and multimedia information systems development; requirements management; and IS/IT education. He is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in the area of hypermedia 15 years experience of research, lecturing, consultancy and practice in the information systems field. His expertise lies in the(More)