Project Management

Agile Advocacy

Southern Alberta Chapter

Mike Griffiths is an experienced project manager, author and consultant who works for PMI as a subject matter expert. Before joining PMI, Mike consulted and managed innovation and technology projects throughout Europe, North and South America for 30+ years. He was co-lead for the PMBOK Guideā€”Seventh Edition, lead for the Agile Practice Guide, and contributor to the PMI-ACP and PMP exam content outlines. Outside of PMI, Mike maintains the websites www.LeadingAnswers.com about leading teams and www.PMillustrated.com, which teaches project management for visual learners.

We all need some help sometimes when introducing agile methods into a traditional organization or working with a PMO entrenched in approaches inspired by A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). Fortunately, a new guide to ease the transition is available, from the Project Management Institute of all people. The recently published Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition acts as a Rosetta Stone for mapping and replacing traditional approaches with their agile alternatives.

The Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide was published in October of 2013 and is a joint development between IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and PMI. Based on the latest PMBOK Guide—Fifth Edition, it explains what project managers and project teams may want to do differently compared to the plain, vanilla advice of PMBOK Guide to be successful on software projects. Following the lead of some of the other extensions to the Guide, such as the extension for construction management, it explains the unique challenges for the industry and provides outlines for accepted good practices.

Being able to reference a guide developed and supported by two well respected bodies like IEEE and PMI adds confidence to the recommendations. It should remove some of the agenda-pushing suspicions that arise when a single group promotes a solution. …


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