CHAPTER 12Agile Complex Project Management Models

When the pain the organization is suffering from failed projects reaches some threshold, the health of the business suffers and the bottom line is affected. If all previous corrective action plans have failed, senior management is ready to listen.

—Robert K. Wysocki, Ph.D., President, EII Publications

CHAPTER LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand the history of Agile Project Management (APM)
  • Describe APM and when to use it
  • Be able to explain Lean and how it relates to APM
  • Use and be able to adapt the Iterative project management life cycle (PMLC) models and their variations
  • Explain the benefits and use of the Iterative PMLC model
  • Anticipate and resolve the potential problems from using an Iterative PMLC model
  • Use and be able to adapt the Adaptive PMLC models
  • Explain the benefits of using an Adaptive PMLC model
  • Anticipate and resolve the potential problems of using an Adaptive PMLC model
  • Anticipate and resolve the potential problems of using an Extreme PMLC model

In this chapter, you learn at a very detailed level about the kinds of projects that lend themselves to Agile approaches. Many of these projects address problems and business opportunities for which there has not been an acceptable solution put forth or the business opportunity has not been successfully exploited. These projects are characterized by high complexity and uncertainty and present the organization ...

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