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Implementing An Agile Workflow – Introduction

By Francisco | 3rd November 2014 | 0 Comment

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I’ve written this article as part of and ambitious Agile Programme. This is the first of a series of articles which will underpin the Agile project workflow from inception to delivery and provides a comparision between Agile and other more traditional project management approaches whilst justifying the benefits of using Agile.

The document touches briefly on the consequences of not having a fit for purpose Project Management framework in place.

The document will continue exploring a projects lifecycle and key roles & responsibilities within an Agile setup.

Why do we need a PM framework?

In UK, the statistics show that most digital builds predominantly fail due to poor management, lack of user or business commitment, poor communication and / or lack of user input (cite PMI annual report).

In order to enable organisations to avoid the above pitfalls we should adopt a well established and well supported Project Management framework as this would:

How does Agile compare to other frameworks?

In order to run an Agile project you’re required to have a different style of management/mindset when compared to a traditional project. Typically traditional projects are planned in a predictive way while an Agile project is built incrementally and the goals for each iteration are defined by the team in order to deliver value to the client earlier.

 

Agile vs Traditional
Planned incrementaly Planned predictively
Facilitative Command and control
Team is empowered Team follow plan
Changing requirements is not a risk Changing requirements is a risk
Fixed deadlines not a risk Fixed deadlines are a risk
Lack of business involvement is a risk Lack of business involvement is not a risk

The term “Other” or “Traditional” in this context refers to more classical Project Managemement approach e.g. Prince 2, waterfall.

Looking from the execution point of view, the differences between a traditional project and an Agile one become clear:Agile_vs_traditional

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