Agile Practice Guide

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Created in partnership with the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Agile Practice Guide provides tools, situational guidelines, and an understanding of the various Agile approaches available to enable better results. It is especially useful for project managers accustomed to a more traditional environment to adapt to a more Agile approach.

The Agile Practice Guide contains the following sections:

  • An Introduction to Agile describes the Agile Manifesto mindset, values, and principles. It also covers the concepts of definable and high-uncertainty work, and the correlation between the Lean, Kanban, and Agile approaches.
  • Life Cycle Selection introduces the various life cycles discussed in the practice guide and covers suitability filters, tailoring guidelines, and common combinations of approaches.
  • Implementing Agile: Creating an Agile Environment talks about critical factors to consider when creating an Agile environment such as servant leadership and team composition.
  • Implementing Agile: Delivering in an Agile Environment discusses how to organize a team and common practices the team can use for delivering value on a regular basis. It provides examples of empirical measurements for the team and for reporting status.
  • Organizational Considerations for Project Agility explores organizational factors that impact the use of Agile practices, such as culture, readiness, business practices, and the role of a project management office (PMO).

Associated Videos

A Visionary Conversation

Agile Practice Guide team members describe the process and vision of creating a resource for Agile transformation.

Creating the Agile Practice Guide

A team of practitioners with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and cultures came together to collaborate on the Agile Practice Guide.

Why Agile Matters

Members of the team developing the upcoming Agile Practice Guide discuss the importance of Agile.

Meet Stephen Matola

Stephen Matola, BA, PMP, shares a personal story of how his soccer team used Agile principles to assess team performance during each game and make adjustments to improve outcomes.

Meet Becky Hartman

Becky Hartman, PMI-ACP, CSP, shares her personal story of how she used Agile to help a company streamline processes and eliminate waste. Hear how they were able to visualize their work in such a way that they improved it on the spot.

Meet Jesse Fewell

Jesse Fewell, CST, PMP, PMI-ACP, shares the personal story of how he planned his first marathon, applying Agile thinking to adjust his training regimen, overcome challenges, and reach his goal.

Meet Betsy Kauffman

Betsy Kauffman shares the story of how she used Agile to help a client company work with stakeholders to develop a solid strategic plan in a single, remotely-facilitated session.

Meet Mike Griffiths

Agile Practice Guide team member Mike Griffiths, PMP, PMI-ACP, shares his experience with the development of DSDM and the ongoing evolution of Agile.

Meet Johanna Rothman

In this video, Agile Practice Guide team member Johanna Rothman, MS, shares a tip on the use of Kanban in managing schedules and tasks.

Meet Horia Slusanschi

Horia Slusanschi, PhD, CSM, knows how to apply Agile principles to solve problems. Learn how he used Agile to transform a company’s customer experience from lackluster to blockbuster.