The agile project management method offers significant benefits to engineers and technical teams. However, many don’t understand the methodology, and even those who do may be reluctant to embrace the seemingly undisciplined and chaotic nature of the approach.
Our new white paper, “Get agile with your project management,” can help allay your fears of the agile process by giving you a step-by-step guide to agile project management best practices and principles.
What is agile project management?
When researching the agile method, you’ll likely come across a variety of different definitions. Don’t be confused – at its core, agile project management is simply a different way of approaching project management than traditional “top-down” or “waterfall” methods.
In an agile environment, the purpose is to achieve the best possible results regardless of the path required to get there. Work is done in iterative and fluid phases. Thus, the agile project management methodology encourages flexibility, allows for changes to initial project scope and schedules, inspires collaboration amongst team members (as opposed to working in silos) and puts an emphasis on innovation over adherence to a pre-determined plan.
Does the agile method work?
When done correctly and with the right team members, the agile project management method often produces results that surpass traditional approaches. That’s why leading companies such as General Electric, Salesforce.com, Twitter, CafePress and BP have embraced the approach.
Even government agencies, most notably the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, have adopted the agile project management methodology to reduce spending and enhance efficiencies related to IT investments.
Become an agile expert.
Understanding the difference between agile project management and other approaches is the first step towards realizing the benefits of an agile environment. But it’s just that – an initial step. Our white paper can walk you through the rest of the process, from defining project scope to assembling the right team to achieving your goals.