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Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products, Second Edition by Jim Highsmith

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Chapter 2. Value over Constraints

The agile value “Delivering Value over Meeting Constraints” provides a focus for rethinking how we measure performance on projects. Although constraints such as cost and time are important, they should be secondary to creating value for customers. All too often, we focus on what is easily measurable and ignore really important characteristics that are harder to quantify. Agile development attempts to change that bias and focus on the most important things, and value is at the top of that list.

Traditional project managers tend to focus on requirements as the definition of scope, and then concentrate on delivering those requirements. Agile project leaders focus on delivering value and are constantly asking questions ...

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