Selecting a Project Management Methodology for Your Organization

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Gary is an experienced project and program professional, and an avid contributor and volunteer with the Project Management Institute.

Since the signing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, the rush of many organizations to “become agile” has been reminiscent of the 1849 California gold rush. Sure, there were some who struck it rich, but the vast majority of neophyte miners experienced some level of disappointment in reaching their desired goals.

There is no debate that agile, in the right organization, does add value and return benefits. However, it is imperative that organizations determine if they are good candidates for agile before they rush to make changes and potentially set themselves up for disappointment. Attempting to “go agile” and only looking at the project methodology being used presents—at best—a risk to attaining the desired benefits and—at worst—is often met with utter failure.

A decision to implement any form of change should always be based on known data. Determining if an organization may benefit from implementing agile practices and tools—or completely transforming into an agile organization—is no different.

In order to begin exploring any improvement opportunities for your organization, start by conducting a comprehensive and honest organizational assessment. If there is something (or perhaps, several things) bringing less-than-desired results, an assessment should draw these issues out. This assessment will need to include,…

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