Qualifications

PhD (Lond), HonFAPM, FRSA, FBCS, CITP, FCMI

Position:

  • Professor of Software Project Management
  • Director, National Centre for Project Management (NCPM)
  • Convenor of the Information Systems Engineering Research Group
  • Head, Software Forensics Centre
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution
  • Editor, Advanced in Project Management book series
  • Editor, Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Editor, Advances in Project Management column
  • Awarded Honorary Fellowship by the Association for Project Management for contributions to the profession

Publications:

  • Dalcher, D. "Developing Software for Dynamic Systems" Metainformatics Symposium proceedings, David Hicks (Ed.), MIS2002, Aalborg University, Springer Verlag, 2003
  • Dalcher D., Glass R. L., Brosseau J., Phillips D., Wiegers K. E., Wakeland S., Sherer S. A., Hohmann L., Beck K., Schuh P., Ambler S. W., Emery M. and Evans D.,"The Politics of Software Testing" Cutter Information LLC, Arlington MA, USA, March 2003, 162 pages, ISBN: 1-57484-178-5
  • Dalcher, D. "Dynamic Software Engineering: Developing the Long-term Perspective", 15th International Conference on Software & Systems and Their Applications, ICSSEA, CNAM, Paris
  • Dalcher, D. "Entropy in Development and the Development of Entropy", Proceedings of the 12th Annual BIT Conference, Manchester, England, November 2002
  • Dalcher D. "Maintaining Quality Beyond Development: Towards a Dynamic Perspective", Proceedings 12th International Conference on Software Quality, 12ICSQ, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, ASQ Press, October 2002
  • Dalcher, D. "Development for the Future", Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Information Systems Development, ISD 2002, Riga, Latvia, Riga Technical University, Sept, 2002, pp. 137-153. Kluwer Press, 2002
  • Dalcher, D. "Beyond Normal Development: Dynamic Management of Software Projects", British Academy of Management, BAM2002, London, September 2002
  • Dalcher , D, "Design and Development" in, M. Stevens et al. (Eds.), Project Management Pathways: A Practitioner's Guide, APM Press, High Wycombe, September 2002
  • Dalcher, D, "Life Cycle Design and Management" in, M. Stevens et al. (Eds.), Project Management Pathways: A Practitioner's Guide, APM Press, High Wycombe, September 2002
  • Dalcher, D. "From Case Studies to Case Histories: Describing IS Failure Cases", International Symposium on Research Methods, ISRM, Riga, September 2002, pp. 1-6
  • Dalcher, D. "Forensic Software Engineering and Stories of Failures" Workshop on the Investigation and Reporting of Incidents and Accidents, IRIA 2002, C. W. Johnson (Ed.), Glasgow, July 2002, pp. 171-180
  • Dalcher, D. "Mirrors, Rockets and Lives: Considering the Limits of Testing", Cutter IT Journal, Vol. 15, No. 7, July 2002, pp. 6-12
  • Dalcher, D. "Learning and Failure in Human Organisations", 21st European Annual Conference on Human Decision Making and Control, C. W. Johnson (Ed.), Glasgow, July 2002, pp. 232-238
  • Dalcher D., "Safety, Risk and Danger: A New Dynamic Perspective", Cutter IT Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, February 2002, pp. 23-27
  • Dalcher, D., "Ambulance Despatch Systems: The Melbourne Story", IEEE Engineering of Computer Based Systems Symposium (ECBS01), April 2001, Washington DC, IEEE Press, Los Alamitos, 2001, pp. 337-342
  • Dalcher, D., "Forensic Engineering: The Way Forward", IEEE Engineering of Computer Based Systems Symposium (ECBS01), April 2001, Washington DC, IEEE Press, Los Alamitos, 2001, pp. 332-336
  • J. Lavi., D. Dalcher, B. Melhart, and R. Gonzales, "Engineering of Computer-Based Systems-A proposal", IEEE Engineering of Computer Based Systems Symposium (ECBS01), April 2001, Washington DC, IEEE Press, Los Alamitos, 2001, pp. 344-356
  • Dalcher, D., "Feedback, Planning and Control - A Dynamic Relationship", FEAST 2000, Imperial College, London, July 2000, pp. 34-38
  • Dalcher, D., (April 2000), Forensic ECBS: a Situational Assessment, IEEE Engineering of Computer Based Systems Symposium (ECBS00), Edinburgh, IEEE Press, Los Alamitos, 2000, pp 390-392
  • Dalcher, D., (April 2000), "Smooth Seas - Rough Sailing: the Case of the Lame Ship", IEEE Engineering of Computer Based Systems Symposium (ECBS00), Edinburgh, IEEE Press, Los Alamitos, 2000, PP 393-395
  • Dalcher, D., (May 1999), Simplicity and Power: When More Means Less, IEEE Computer, p.117
  • CMT3991 - Computing Project Management
  • CMT3992 - Undergraduate Computing Project
  • MSc Managing Major Projects and Programmes
  • MSc Project Management Practice
  • Advanced Diploma Project Management Practice

Darren's primary research interests are in project management, systems failures, software engineering and project ethics.

Additional research interests cover:

  • Software development life cycles with particular emphasis on evolution and feedback systems enabling the creation of dynamic feedback models.
  • Project management of very small to extremely large undertakings in a variety of environments (including distributed and web-based projects) and the shift towards value-driven projects
  • Risk management and opportunity maximisation techniques, with subsidiary interest in hazard analysis and the acceptability of risk
  • Decision making, creativity and problem solving
  • Systems and software engineering
  • The application of complexity, evolution and non-linearity to software development and management
  • Extreme, agile, and lean development and management methods
  • Project management maturity models and organisational capabilities and competencies
  • Interdisciplinary aspects of project management.

Research Supervision:

Director of Studies

  • Antoinette Cyriaano: Dissecting Software, the Questions: The Why, How, When, What and possibly Who?
  • Bee Bee Chua: A risk assessment predictive model for software development projects
  • Lynette Drevin: Narrative and ante-narrative methods in the analysis of IS failures
  • Ahmad Estabraghy: Patterns of software project failure
  • Mary Otieno: Failure of IT Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Birinder Sandhawalia: Towards Effective Adoption of Collaborative Information Technologies

Second Supervisor

  • Lin Wang: Thinking about failure of information system project in the perspective of people involved