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Agile project management helps overcome IT obstacles
This article is part of the CIO Decisions issue of December 2011 Volume 11
Early in my IT project management and leadership career, I learned three incredibly important lessons: 1. No one knows what they want until they see it. 2. Once they see it, they will want to change it. 3. At best, large projects will be challenged; at worst, they will fail. Learning these lessons shaped how I plan and manage every type of IT project since then. I've shifted away from traditional project management methods and toward what is now called Agile project management, which emphasizes flexibility and interaction with empowered stakeholders. Here's how Agile project management has worked for me, and how you can use Agile methods for greater project success. 1. No one knows what they want until they see it. I once led a project to develop a new Web application. I spent days gathering requirements from the project's stakeholders. We discussed and mapped out the entire process and information flow. We sorted through the exceptions we had to handle. We then created a magnificent document that precisely captured ...
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A CIO uses services-oriented architecture and agile project management to reposition his company for growth and modernize IT and business processes.
It is up to Agile project management leaders to set a realistic and sustainable pace for these projects.
Traditional project management can ruin the best-intentioned IT efforts. It's time to get flexible and interact with stakeholders using Agile methods.
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Enterprises are relying on the CIO for faster time to market and faster time to value through the use of Agile practices.
General Electric Co. turned to Agile practices to revamp software development in its Energy division. Now Agile is making its way across the company.