What does the term 'agile' mean and how does it relate to project management?
The concept of “agile” is being integrated into more fields of work as business needs and objectives evolve.
But why are more companies looking to incorporate 'agile' business processes?
Dennis Comninos, project management specialist explains.
The Agile Manifesto
To understand the shift towards agile we would need to look at its policies and aims. What makes the agile approach unique is that it values:
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working product over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
“This manifesto highlights the general approach to agile,” says Comninos.
There are no definite rules when it comes to agile, instead it aims to enhance the way operations are performed.
“Agile is more about modelling rather than a rigid methodology.”
Agile in Project Management
“The use of the agile approach requires a rethink of the traditional leadership structure of the project.”
The focus of agile is on delivering and changing quickly. The agile approach can be described as small and fast as opposed to big and slow functionality.
This is crucial in the project management process which can often be hampered by bureaucracy, and poor communication.
In addition the agile approach seeks to obtain the maximum value with as little as possible.
In the global marketplace this approach is necessary for businesses to remain competitive and current.
By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing