Agile Project Management

Agile project management in a traditional corporate governance

Experiences collected from multiple projects show that the traditional (waterfall) approach to project management, in many cases unfortunately does not bring the expected results. The reasons may be as follows:

  • In the initiation phase of the project, the client is not able to precisely determine the products or their functionality that they expect, which significantly hampers or even prevents from planning the entire project.
  • Dynamically changing environment of the project during its implementation generates so many requests for change ("client constantly changing his mind") that at the end of the project, we get something completely different than planned.
  • Ineffective communication in the project - there are actually two design teams coming from the customer and the supplier, which lodge on their positions, and then in case of problems "shell" each other using the ammunition in the form of paragraphs and contracts and their often far-fetched interpretation.
  • Delivered by the supplier solution includes functionality, which then is not used by the client - “because something had to be entered into a contract".

As a result, the project is not finished on time, the customer does not receive what they expect, and the products are of poor quality. This entails a reduction in the return on investment (benefits) or delays its delivery. This means that organizations are looking for other, more flexible approaches to the implementation of projects. However, for organizations that are implementing projects that already have standards of formal project management, popular nowadays Agile approaches are dubious and their application appears to be risky.

Such organizations need mature agile method, the method that is nimble and at the same time method that has a built-in project management - Agile Project Management - AgilePM®.

Agile delivery of products or agile project management?

Most Agile methods describe how to implement project products in agile way, but says NOTHING about how to manage the project in a manner agile. For some methods of Agile, the concepts of "project" and "project management" are downright anti-Agile!

These include the "light" Agile methods, for example: Scrum, Lean, and XP, which are characterized by the maximum simplification of the components. Such simplification works at the team-building solution, but for people who manage project on strategic and operational level, it is too simplistic. Such methods do not provide tools that allow them to control project executed in an agile way.

Agile Project Management

AgilePM is based on the DSDM® Atern® (Dynamic Systems Development Method Arctic Tern). Atern is an exception of Agile methods, belongs to the so-called "strong" Agile methods. This method has been built and always was based on the concepts of "project" and "project life cycle". It introduces agility while maintaining the design regime.

AgilePM combines existing corporate management processes with agile management and delivery of products. Roles and responsibilities of design in AgilePM have their counterparts in the PRINCE2®. In AgilePM there are 13 roles defined at the project level and team-building solution, which correspond to several roles, including PRINCE2:

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  • Project Sponsor (equivalent to Executive)
  • Business Visionary (equivalent to Main User)
  • Technical Coordinator (equivalent to Main Supplier)
  • Project Manager
  • Team Leader (equivalent to Team Manager)

Management products described by AgilePM are not mandatory, but when used they fully cover the project needs. These include: Terms Of Reference (equivalent to Project Brief), Business Case, Delivery Plan and Deployment Plan (the equivalent of the Project Plan), Risk Log (equivalent to Risk Register), Issue Log (equivalent Issue Register), etc.

AgilePM allows for agile projects in organizations requiring standards, governance and transparency in project management, greatly emphasizing the autonomy of the team in making project decisions resulting from the Agile philosophy, which enables project team delivery of punctual, in assumed costs and in established quality solutions tailored to fit the needs of customer.

Agile Project Management Training and Certificates

Training AgilePM is designed for people working in the project environment, who want to use the philosophy of Agile in their work.

Training purposes:

  • Explanation the basics and principles of Agile projects
  • Presentation of the essence of agile project management
  • Presentation of the different styles of management, necessary for the implementation of Agile projects (differences in relation to the “traditional” projects)
  • Showing the possibilities of connectivity AgilePM with PRINCE2
  • Preparation of participants for certification at AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner

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Benefits for participants:

  • Gaining advanced knowledge, easy to apply in the existing project environment
  • Understanding the different management styles needed for Agile projects and their comparison with traditional project management styles
  • Acquisition of skills to promote and build good relations and close cooperation between representatives of business and technology
  • The ability to combine traditional project management methodologies with Agile method in order to better respond to the rapidly changing business environment
  • Reduces the time and increases the number of successful projects through the involvement of stakeholders, and provides feedback and effective control of the project

Benefits for the Organization:

  • Faster time to business changes, at lower cost and reduced risk through the statement of the progress of the project with expected business purposes
  • Connection AgilePM with project management methodology functioning in the organization (PRINCE2) and quality management processes, and as a result increasing the number of successfully completed projects
  • Usage the ready, tested and proven by many years of agile project management methods instead of building their own methods for their mistakes 
  • Achieve better communication and control of the implemented projects
  • Provide professional development of employees and enable them to obtain AgilePM certification

Benefits of participation in the OMEC training:

  • Participation in training guided by experienced practitioners, trainers checked and approved by APM Group Ltd. - an institution that deals with the maintenance and development of methodologies and standards
  • The ability to exchange project experiences with other participants of training and conducting training
  • Ability to obtain certification - accredited training is combined with the certification exam at the Foundation and / or Practitioner level


What is AgileBA - Agile Business Analysis?

See AgilePM/AgileBA Foundation course agenda.

See AgilePM Practitioner course agenda



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