Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, Fifth Edition (EPM5) represents a significant change from the Fourth Edition. All of the pedagogical and organizational strengths of EPM4 are retained and expanded in EPM5. EPM5 offers five different project management life cycle (PMLC) models: (Linear, Incremental, Iterative, Adaptive, and Extreme) to managing a project. The choice of the best-fit PMLC is based on the characteristics of the project and the business and organizational environment in which the project will be undertaken. These approaches recognize that there are major differences among projects and that those differences require different management approaches if the project is to be managed and successfully completed.
We commonly define a project as a unique experience that has never happened before and will never happen again under the same set of circumstances. So, then why don't we define the management of such projects the same way? There are a number of factors affecting the choice of PMLC and the adaptation of those models as the project unfolds and conditions change. This is the approach I have taken for years and have been successful beyond the statistics on failure that we are all familiar with. I hope to convince you of the benefits of that view in this book. Forty years of experience managing projects of all types has led me to this conclusion. I want to share my thinking with you and convince you to follow my lead.