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Agile Project Management - Achieve More - Practical Advice - Agile Revolution
It is impossible to overstate the severe set of challenges caused by the overly administrative linear development approach and specifically the waterfall methodology.
From Agile Project Management : Agile Revolution
Waterfall methodology is part of the linear, scope-driven lifecycles family of approaches. As it is the manifestation of the command-and-control organization, it is highly prescriptive. Almost all organizations using the methodology have a similar set of processes, mostly based on the PMBOK (more on that later).
Agile is an approach for managing software product development according to the guidelines set in the Agile manifesto. There are several methods and processes for implementing the Agile approach.
It is 2014, I think to myself, and still businesses believe that having a 110-page project delivery methodology is a prudent approach to planning engineering customer-facing projects and products. Failure is written all over the pretty waterfall deployment approach and the numerous templates, work instructions, procedures, processes, decrees, and change approval committees.
When I did introduce Agile concepts, I wasn't surprised that most didn't recognize the term. Indeed, while the software industry has been undergoing a paradigm shift other industries, project managers, and the respective project community have been ignorant of the benefits embedded in Agile approaches....
The heavy descriptive waterfall methodology they have concocted requires an upfront investment in feasibility assessment and the allocation of project resources to it. Agile approach, the Kanban method with some elements of Scrum, would be a much better solution to their feasibility phase ailments.
For them and for everyone else who thinks that Agile is limited to software, I dedicate this guide....
To the point. Nair's adaptations of agile methods and approach/emphasis on changing organizational culture is clear and concise. Must read for agile coaches .
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Short. Concise. Great explanation of the stoneageism of “command and control” approach vs. the agile approach (Agile Manifesto). I especially like the well explained possibilities for agile use outside the software product development (which I am not a part of). This is highly recommendable for project managers from (almost?) all industries.
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