Project Management

An Agile World Is A Better World

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected]. Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

When we’re close to something, we don’t always recognize how other people might view that thing. When we’re able to take a step back, the revelations can be enlightening. My wife has zero interest in project management. In all the years that we have been together she has never asked me any questions about it, never seen any benefits in spending an evening discussing the benefits of FF over FS dependencies, nor wanted to use PERT techniques for any of our financial planning activities. I know that’s hard to believe, but there you go.

So, imagine my surprise when, a little while back, she asked me to tell her a bit more about “this Agile thing.” We talked about the concept and how it differed from a stereotypical idea of a project that most people will have even if they don’t have any idea of project management as a discipline. She asked a few questions and then that was that. I didn’t think anything more of it. But then she came back to me a couple of days later and said something that really made me think differently about Agile, and perhaps even a bit differently about how I view project management in general.

She said that she felt that a lot of people would benefit from understanding some of the principles of Agile, even if they never had any interest in working in a project environment. She said that:

> The idea of…

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