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Manuel Duarte

  • Senior Manager, B2B Client Implementations
  • Royal Bank of Canada


    My interests are within computing technologies and how we as humans develop applications to run on these computing systems. As a manager and developer (many years ago), I have been exposed to software projects within various organizations and the processes used to deliver them to clients. Some organizations were the model of disciplined engineering (software factories) most of them were very ill prepared to create software products. My interest is specifically in the software project management disciplines and how practices such as Waterfall and Agile software development are utilized by different firms. I believe there are fatcors that influence the success of one methodology over another. Some of these factors are demographics, the industry, the culture the phase that the organization is in; bureacracy versus lean as well as other endogenous and exogenous firm factors. My research is focused on creating a model based on these factors that determines the fit of one approach versus another for specific industries and projects. Current evaluation methods have focused on the type of projects and available budgets without consideration of other environmental factors (PEST).

    Professional experience

    Senior Manager, B2B Client Implementations

    Royal Bank of Canada

    September 2001 - Present

    Research Lab Technician

    Concordia University

    January 1980 - May 1985(5 years)


    Doctoral Candidate

    Heriot-Watt University

    November 2011 - Present


    Warwick Business School

    January 2008 - June 2011(3 years)