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, …
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.