Agile Project Management

This category contains topics related to Agile Project Management.  Agile has had a major influence on the project management profession that has caused us to completely re-think and redefine what “project management” is.  Instead of a traditional plan-driven project management approach which is heavily focused on planning and control.  An Agile approach recognizes that a different approach is needed in projects that have a high level of uncertainty and/or when creativity and innovation is important.

This is not a binary choice between “Agile” and “Waterfall” as many people seem to think.  The right approach is to fit the methodology to the nature of the project and Agile Project Management is focused on learning how to blend Agile and traditional plan-driven project management principles and practices in the right proportions to fit any given situation.

Adopting this new approach requires a major shift in thinking for many project managers who have been deeply ingrained for year in a traditional plan-driven project management approach.  It also requires some very new and different skills to be developed.  This can be especially difficult because the role of a project manager in an Agile environment is not well-defined.

This is a very important evolution in the project management profession that will cause many project managers to re-think and redefine their career plans.

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What Is the Relationship of Physics and Agile Project Management?

What can Physics teach us about Agile Project Management?   We can learn a lot from how the science of physics has evolved. I think there are a number of interesting similarities the way that Agile Project Management is evolving. How Has the Science of Physics Evolved? For many years until the late 1800’s and early …

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What’s the Difference Between a Project and a Process?

What’s the difference between a project and a process? I have a very broad view of “project management” but there is a danger of broadening the definition too far. If the definition is broadened too far, almost anything could be “project management” and that would make it meaningless.  For example: Is an effort to provide …

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What is a Project? Do We Need to Redefine It?

What is a Project? What is a project? I recently wrote a blog post on “What is Project Management?” that has generated some good comments on LinkedIn.  One of the comments was that “the change is not merely to redefine ‘project management’ but to redefine ‘project’”. That is absolutely correct. PMBOK defines a project as follows: …

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What is Agile Project Management? How Is It Different?

There’s a lot of confusion on the subject of “What is Agile Project Management?” and how is it different? I’ve even heard some people in the Agile community say that “there is no such thing as Agile project management”; because officially, there is no defined role for a project manager in an Agile/Scrum environment. I …

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Product Development versus Project Development

Agile has been most widely used in “product” development environments and less widely used in “project” development environments.  The difference between product development versus project development is not widely-recognized.  Of course, this is not a totally universal, black-and-white distinction; but, in general, there are some key differences. Product Development versus Project Development General Characteristics AreaProduct …

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People, Process, and Tools in an Agile Project – How to Fix a Broken Project

The inter-relationship of people, process, and tools in an Agile project is important to understand. It is particularly important when you try to fix a broken project. Typical Traditional Project Management Approach On several occasions, I’ve been brought in to rescue a project that was in trouble. In many cases, there is an expectation that, …

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