Is agility just modern project management?

Agile methods are well established from a software development perspective, and often viewed as a continuous delivery phenomenon. InfoQ just released a eMag with collected articles on agile project management. This eMag looks at project management in agile projects, challenging the myth of “we don’t need project management in agile projects.” One article is “Why the Agile Project Manager Is the Secret Sauce for Development Projects”. There are also several articles on implementing agility in construction and hardware product development projects. One example is a study of the construction company Grontmij done by KTH students.

Considering agility a natural part for project management practitioners, might even help in implementing agility in organizations in need of governance and PMO. Implementing a project model and a governance model, might even help spread a positive view on agile methods, and at the same time comply with the governance needs of the organization. Andrew Craddock, speaker at the Agile Business Conference, has a good presentation on “Appropriate oversight for the Agile organisation”. Project management has become integral across all industries and sectors, the PMO plays a vital role in offering strategic, tactical or operational guidance in day-to-day business through its involvement in project and program delivery. ESI research indicates that agile projects tend to be large and complex, emphasizing a particular need for specialist resource support at critical points in the project, a coordination task that the PMO can naturally fulfill. In fact, in terms of planning, the PMO is heavily involved with the top three levels of agile project planning (strategic, portfolio, and project planning), while the project team itself provides the basis for the release, iteration, and daily planning cycles (http://www.esi-intl.com/resources/knowledge-center/thought-leadership/project-management/global-state-of-the-pmo-an-analysis-for-2013).

I believe that recognizing agility is a integrated part of modern project management, where continuous delivery is done within the frame of a funded project, might provide a healthier and less diverse discussion.

References:

http://www.infoq.com/minibooks/emag-agile-project-management

https://www.kth.se/polopoly_fs/1.339912!/Menu/general/column-content/attachment/Mattias_no148.pdf

http://www.agileconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Agile-Project-Governance.pdf

http://www.esi-intl.com/resources/knowledge-center/thought-leadership/project-management/global-state-of-the-pmo-an-analysis-for-2013