I am thrilled to announce a new addition to Ed’s List (up to 16 firms now) – Resolv of Appleton, WI. Principles Angela Talano and Luke Russell turned off their timesheet system one week ago today! My congratulations.
Over the past few years, I have been hearing more and more about Agile development project management. For the most part the conversations have not been very positive.
This is not because I think there is something inherently wrong with Agile, but because those that espouse it have always tried to convince me of two things:
You can imagine that I begin to shake violently at either of those ideas.
In the past month I have had two conversations that have corrected some of these misgivings. Mostly because I have come to the conclusion (confirmed by my conversations) that the folks with which I have had these previous conversations about Agile were full of shit.
Rick had just taken a class and was kind enough to take me through the materials. I found that in many ways I am in alignment with many of the principles of Agile. For example, I really like the idea behind this:
Now, I would enhance the idea of customer collaboration to a more broad idea of comprehending customer value. Indeed, one weakness of all of the project management methodologies I have seen is the assumption of customer value. In all fairness, it is difficult to integrate value into any methodology because of it subjectivity, but that is for another post.
My conversations have led me to a few conclusions, all of which I am open to change based on more learning.
Ultimately, I think Agile is very much in line with the concept of results oriented project management that I presented in this space a few weeks back. This gives me some hope for being able to integrate some of the best idea from both methodologies into one more coherent approach.
My thanks again to Stephen and Rick who contributed to my thinking about this post.
OK, I’ll admit I did not know who he was until I read the announcement, but that says far more about me than the Events Team at Sage who picked him.
For those of you who were like me, here is a little preview of what you can expect to hear. Pretty dang catchy if you ask me.