For more than a decade, Agile methods such as Scrum, XP, and Kanban have proven very effective for software development projects. In spite of their immense popularity and applicability, however, many organizations—particularly those with traditional management structures—still have difficulty implementing Agile. As is true for many difficult implementations or complex projects, program management (PgM) is the best way to systematically and successfully achieve desired outcomes. Program management for Agile projects—including non-IT projects—combines two powerful approaches for optimum results.
At first, PgM might seem antithetical to Agile. In fact, the framework of PgM—with some nuanced modifications—ultimately will ensure a more successful Agile implementation in your organization. The fundamental challenges to using Agile on larger-scale efforts mirror those of any large program and include planning, contracting, staffing, reporting, and organizational readiness
Download this white paper to learn how Agile development approaches have the potential to significantly accelerate project execution, and to learn which critically important changes in program management methods are needed to ensure success.