Posted by: kerrywills | January 27, 2017

Guiding Principles in Agile


In 2013, I published my second book on a set of Guiding Principles which should be used to manage projects and programs. In recent years Agile and Scaled Agile frameworks have become very popular with many companies and programs adopting their techniques. This approach appears to rely less on project management as it really focuses on delivery teams. However, as I think about it, I still believe that it is the competencies of the people which make any approach successful and therefore still believe that these principles apply.

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Here are some examples of how each of the 8 principles apply in an agile world..

  1. Diligence – Updating epic and feature progress information as well as backlogs require being diligent as the model is based on these being accurate with updated information
  2. Attention to Detail – Per #1 keeping epic and feature information accurate including proper dependencies
  3. Simplicity – Keeping the requests and solution simple as to prioritize the “must have” and most valuable information first
  4. Transparency – The entire model is based on transparency given how work is broken down; this includes aggregating progress, dependencies and velocity
  5. Single Sources of Truth – Scope, milestones and schedule need to be in one location (e.g. a tool or backlog) so the teams are working from the same page
  6. Fact Based – Dependencies, epic progress and velocity are all used for planning, prioritization and decision making
  7. The “Ships” – Ownership of scope is essential to the model as is governance and prioritization
  8. Customer Approach – There are many hand-offs and “customers” of information

These are just simple examples but they demonstrate that the principles are very much applicable in this model (or any model) and why they are so important. Good thing, since I did not want to have to rewrite that entire book!

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