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PM Tip, Week of 15 March 2020

Project Leaders Tailor Agile

Agile is popular, but good project leaders know that there is not a “one size fits all” method.  If you are going to use Agile, consider how it may need tailoring to meet project goals better.

  • List the 12 Agile principles and consider how each might impact project objectives, positive or negative
  • Decide which principles to keep and which to reject
  • Analyze the results and see how Agile may need to change
  • Put the modified Agile into practice and periodically review progress
  • Adjust as needed and apply learnings to the next project

For example:  If a deadline is critical, the principle with a substantial negative impact is accepting change at any time.  If you eliminate that principle, your product backlog might need to be the result of a more robust, upfront elicitation to avoid delays.  You can still develop iteratively, involve the business owner, and deliver practical solutions at regular intervals.

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