Project Management

Topic Teasers Vol. 124: But Agile Won’t Work for Me!

Heartland Nebraska / Iowa Chapter

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With all due respect to my IT co-workers, agile may be the greatest thing since sliced bread for them, but it won’t work for me and my team. We are doing large infrastructure projects for a major city, and we can’t be assembling a small team of five to seven people to chat each morning before we decide what to do that day. But I will admit that we do need some help since few, if any, of our projects finish as planned regarding time. Also, the budgets are just a joke, because I don’t know if we’ve ever completed our work anyplace close to the estimated costs. So, make agile fix that!

A. PMI has now allowed the idea of agile practices to be considered alongside more successful, traditional practices like project plans, work breakdown structures and automated project result tracking with proven software. But the truth is that nothing is as effective as the original waterfall structure, which has been honed and perfected over the last 60 years.

B. It’s ridiculous to think that a major infrastructure goal that requires concrete results (no pun intended) could use the same techniques within the project team as those used for softer skill projects like computer technology, marketing or human resources. Unfortunately,…

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