Agile Project Management: How to Succeed in the Face of Changing Project Requirements

Agile Project Management: How to Succeed in the Face of Changing Project Requirements

Agile Project Management: How to Succeed in the Face of Changing Project Requirements

Agile Project Management: How to Succeed in the Face of Changing Project Requirements

Synopsis

"In a fast-paced environment filled with uncertainty, successfully completing projects on time can feel like running an obstacle course. An emphasis on speed often forces project teams to make decisions without crucial data, leading to frequent changes of direction once more information becomes known. If people aren't light on their feet, complicated projects can easily get tripped up.

Agile Project Management gives readers the strategies they need to take charge of urgent projects that involve unique resources and elements of uncertainty. The book offers an improvement upon classical project management processes by tying project processes more directly to the ever-changing requirements of business objectives -- achieving improved flexibility and response time. Filled with examples showing how to implement agile PM into all project situations, the book demonstrates how to develop an appropriate and supportive infrastructure and environment, and reviews the roles of the project manager, general management, and the project team. Agile Project Management is the ultimate method for achieving superior results in an accelerated and changing environment."

Excerpt

Today’s innovative minds are constantly pushing the envelope: New and often disruptive technologies are filling the product development pipelines of both large and small companies. The business landscape is fast-paced and competitive, and product lifecycles are shorter. Naturally, product development and launch times are also shortening as companies aggressively develop new products and services to compete. This emphasis on speed forces teams to make quick decisions with incomplete information or in an environment of uncertainty. This, in turn, leads to frequent changes in project requirements and direction. Teams need to be light on their feet … they need to be agile!

The need for agility is magnified in highly innovative businesses that are pushing the limits of current technology and thinking, and where key parts of projects often involve discovery or problem solving never encountered before. These types of projects have an inherent uncertainty and involve multiple paths, decision points, and iterations before they can be successfully completed. Technical teams know that it is impossible to precisely plan new discoveries far in advance. Consequently, they only use project management for administrative support, if they use it at all. Their resistance to using project management is, in fact, often valid. The classical project management technique that they have experienced is cumbersome and not as effective in a fast-paced and uncertain environment. Additionally, project management is more often than not perceived as bureaucratic overhead that . . .

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