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Why You Should Use Agile for Project Management

Are you more upbeat than you should be about your project management methods? Have you considered making the move to agile? In his article on PMHut, Michael Vitale suggests that traditional methods of project management may not be quite as beneficial as agile project management methods are.

According to Vitale, agile should facilitate interactions over processes and tools and respond to change rather than following a plan. This would lead to earlier detection of risks, better communication among project teams, and overall better project results if properly implemented. Vitale also notes that having a project completed does not automatically mean that the project was successful:

If you just read this and thought “Hey, this seems like common sense?,” I can assure you it’s not. In so many companies, especially those with layers of bureaucracy, employees can’t see the forest for the trees. Team members do not talk to each other, and accomplishments are measured by whether an individual project step was completed correctly with little to no understanding of the overall project’s success. We have a joke in my office about an assistant basketball coach who loses the game, but is very excited in the loser’s locker room because the team saved all their time outs! This is just one of the problems Agile looks to address.

Keep in mind that Vitale does not believe agile is a completely fool-proof and perfect system. Just as traditional project management has problems, so too does agile. However, agile does have the benefits of early risk detection, communication, and organization. Agile is the wave of the business future, and Vitale believes going with the new flow is one key to project management success.

About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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