What Exactly is Agile Project Management?

PMI Mass Bay Chapter

James is Senior Consultant, NeuEon Inc. He is a seasoned veteran in the PM and agile community. He has over 20 years experience as a PM and senior leader, and is a thought leader/transformation lead coach for organizations for agile PM. He also teaches and has created all levels of project management at major universities.

The words “agile project management” are being used in the industry to describe a new approach to how project management is conducted. The industry and company leaders need to fully understand how project managers can be brought into the agile world to ensure cohesion between these two disciplines.

Where does project management stand today?
The explosion of agile has brought project management to a crossroads. Today’s project managers are grappling with the fact that years of experience and training have left them with a need to adapt to more agile philosophies, or else be thought of as dinosaurs. The advent of the new Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) from PMI has shown that PMI recognizes the need to incorporate more agile aspects into the A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). But in many organizations, project management is either looked at as a necessary cost center or an area where resources can be cut.

Can agile and project management co-exist?
The short answer to the previous question is yes, but the project manager of today must realize one thing: The way to survive and thrive in a company is to adapt. The pace of technology and change is not rapid, but frenetic. The project manager that adapts to agile philosophies realizes that they must take the best of PMBOK® Guide and agile and come forth with a …

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