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Do those who manage Agile projects feel they are missing something?
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Is there something you feel you lost, or do a lot less since managing Agile projects? I know I see way less Gantt charts, budgeting and scheduling is more fragmented due to iterations, status reports are often handled by information radiators, we don't captain the ship any longer, and estimation in "hours" is a dirty little word. I am not complaining, but I am wondering if some Agile practitioners feel something is missing at all...
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I feel a loss of control. With Waterfall projects it's possible to have an omnipotent view of a project and intimately understand its every nuance. We lose that control when managing Agile projects.
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Jun 26, 2018 5:06 PM
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There is a gray area between feeling the loss of control of certain projects aspects, and specifically the management of human resources. Sometimes they blend into each other. I know a some (or a lot) of the processes, tools and techniques we learned in the PMBOK, obtaining our PMP's and through our work experience on waterfall projects is either lost, intermittent or diluted when doing Agile projects. Not to say that we don't gain a whole lot by doing Agile projects. I just feel some things are lost and then when we return to them later, we either forget (or don't remember fully) some of the ways we use to do things.
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Eric -

But is that control or the illusion of control?

The big gap I find with poorly run projects is that insufficient time is spent mobilizing the team and surrounding support structures to enable successful agile delivery. Whether you call it Sprint 0, Inception or something else, when dealing with projects (rather than products), start-up time is critical.

Kiron
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Jun 26, 2018 8:20 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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I feel a loss of control. With Waterfall projects it's possible to have an omnipotent view of a project and intimately understand its every nuance. We lose that control when managing Agile projects.
There is a gray area between feeling the loss of control of certain projects aspects, and specifically the management of human resources. Sometimes they blend into each other. I know a some (or a lot) of the processes, tools and techniques we learned in the PMBOK, obtaining our PMP's and through our work experience on waterfall projects is either lost, intermittent or diluted when doing Agile projects. Not to say that we don't gain a whole lot by doing Agile projects. I just feel some things are lost and then when we return to them later, we either forget (or don't remember fully) some of the ways we use to do things.
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Me, me, me. But I think Kiron asks a critical question - is it real or an illusion? I think it is the latter but it can very easily become reality if you convince yourself that it is true. I found that having the support of your stakeholders goes along towards restoring the faith that all will be well. If your stakeholders understand your agile approach and what benefits there are for them (WIIFM) then you can focus where it's needed most.

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