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Agile vs Waterfall
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For Project Managers that have experience in combined agile & waterfall environments: What are the top 3 things you ask yourself before determining which methodology to use for a particular project?
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Abigail -

Let's put methodology aside for a moment as that is driven usually by organization standards.

If I think about the approach I would want to use, questions I'd ask include:

1. How predictive/deterministic can we be vs. how adaptive do we need to be?

2. Can business value be delivered early and regularly over the life of the project or is it one or a few "big bangs"?

3. Do I have committed, dedicated availability of business resources and all primary team members?

Those would be my first questions, but there are many more I'd use to profile the project to learn where it falls on the continuum from pure waterfall delivery to full agile delivery.

Kiron
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1 reply by Abigail Hutchings
Nov 09, 2017 2:00 PM
Abigail Hutchings
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Thank you for responding. Great information, I appreciate the feedback.
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Here I come again. First of all, Agile and Waterfall are not matter of comparison. Agile is a practice. Waterfall is a life cycle process based on predictive life cycle model. You can apply Agile using Waterfall life cycle process (we are doing that in the organization where I am working today and I did that in the past). Second, is not about it, is about to understand that everything you introduce into your organization will impact the organization as a whole. Time ago i wrote an article that was published by the PMI and the IIBA as "best practice". Here the link because I hope it will help you: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...-right-solution
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Nov 09, 2017 2:03 PM
Abigail Hutchings
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Thank you for responding and the article link. I look forward to reviewing it. I understand now that it can be a combination of both. Trying to learn more ie: agile and this was extremely helpful. Thanks again
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Abigal, Sergio hit the point.
Agility is a mindset, project culture and a people-centric practise how to get project work done independent from the Project Life Cycle.
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1 reply by Abigail Hutchings
Nov 09, 2017 2:04 PM
Abigail Hutchings
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Thank you!
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Nov 09, 2017 12:40 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Abigail -

Let's put methodology aside for a moment as that is driven usually by organization standards.

If I think about the approach I would want to use, questions I'd ask include:

1. How predictive/deterministic can we be vs. how adaptive do we need to be?

2. Can business value be delivered early and regularly over the life of the project or is it one or a few "big bangs"?

3. Do I have committed, dedicated availability of business resources and all primary team members?

Those would be my first questions, but there are many more I'd use to profile the project to learn where it falls on the continuum from pure waterfall delivery to full agile delivery.

Kiron
Thank you for responding. Great information, I appreciate the feedback.
Network:201



Nov 09, 2017 12:45 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Here I come again. First of all, Agile and Waterfall are not matter of comparison. Agile is a practice. Waterfall is a life cycle process based on predictive life cycle model. You can apply Agile using Waterfall life cycle process (we are doing that in the organization where I am working today and I did that in the past). Second, is not about it, is about to understand that everything you introduce into your organization will impact the organization as a whole. Time ago i wrote an article that was published by the PMI and the IIBA as "best practice". Here the link because I hope it will help you: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...-right-solution
Thank you for responding and the article link. I look forward to reviewing it. I understand now that it can be a combination of both. Trying to learn more ie: agile and this was extremely helpful. Thanks again
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Nov 09, 2017 5:10 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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You are welcome. Forget the article if you want. The important thing is to understand your organization from the point of view of systemic theory. It means that anything you introduce into your organization will impact the organization as a whole, its architecture which is the definition of organizational components are their relations. Just if you like to read a short article that was published by PM Network about what Agile is here comes: "Perfectly Positioned", http://www.pmnetwork-digital.com/pmnetwork/april_2016?pg=73#pg73
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Nov 09, 2017 1:43 PM
Replying to Peter Ambrosy
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Abigal, Sergio hit the point.
Agility is a mindset, project culture and a people-centric practise how to get project work done independent from the Project Life Cycle.
Thank you!
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My 3 are as below:

1.-If the SCOPE is NOT clear,go for AGILE.
2.-If the Customer is looking for a MVP ,over a certain period,go for AGILE
3.-If the organization,where the project is being carried out doesn't have an AGILE Culture or adaptability,go for Waterfall.

Thanks
Devjeet
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I would never just use Agile. The big push on Agile is causing confusion that it will reduce delivery time and be more efficient than Waterfall. There is truth to reducing time for deliverables, but there is a catch. You can also be very reckless in your delivery too. Waterfall keeps Agile in check.
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The biggest questions I ask around frameworks and methodologies are:
1. What does my company suggests or mandates?
2. Which make sense for my project?
3. How much tailoring am I allowed?
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I select my path by the characteristics of the project. To be clear, I am always agile :), but the way in which I deliver on the initiative is dependent on factors such as predictability, business needs/expectations, resource capabilities/capacity. I tend to follow a predictive model with incremental, value-driven, deliveries and adaptability to modifications as the project progresses.
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