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Benefits of an “Agile” Mindset

Benefits of an “Agile” Mindset
By Perry McLeod

Projects are a social endeavor. Traditional project management approaches have shied away from the social advantages a more agile project environment brings. By nature, we are storytelling, pattern seeking and social people. We need colocation to shine truly in a project environment. Agile is about creating and fostering a culture that has:

  • responsible stewardship
  • individual empowerment
  • open and transparent communication
  • self-organizing, self-determining, collocated groups
  • knowledge sharing
  • consistent face-to-face interaction with customers and each other

In a waterfall environment, resource management is always an issue in any project. Especially when the stakeholders have operational duties to perform. If our requirements team was 100 percent at our disposal, always completed activities on target and worked a full eight-hour day without distraction or a loss of productivity, then estimating time would be simple. This is never the case, however.

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