Agile Drivers

Angela Druckman is an agile coach and Certified Scrum Trainer. She specializes in agile transformation, helping teams and organizations all over the world improve their competitive position and effectiveness through agility.

From smaller teams to collective intelligence, six widespread business trends are driving the growing agile movement. Here is a summary of them and how they affect project managers working for organizations undergoing an agile transition in 2010.

 
Companies, regardless of industry, are making drastic changes in order to succeed in an increasingly competitive business environment, and many are seeking turning to Scrum, an agile project management framework. But experience shows that adopting agile methods like Scrum without making any fundamental changes in organizational structure, or modifying how projects are managed, invariably becomes a recipe for failure.
 
In 2010, we will see more and more companies begin to integrate agile principles into how they do business, internalizing the values an agile approach has to offer and taking their adoption of practices like Scrum to a much higher level.
 
Here are six key trends that are driving the agile movement, and how they fit in with project managers in 2010.
 
1. The “hero” mentality gives way to collective intelligence. Many organizations have learned the hard way that depending on a single “rock star” engineer to build and maintain their systems can result in disaster when that person walks out the door. Forward-thinking companies in 2010 will build cross training and …

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"Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves."

- Bertrand Russell

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