PMP vs Agile – Round One

September 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm (Agile)

This question was posted on LinkedIn today.

What is the best PM Methodology? Will all these large number of new methodologies stand the chance next to the good old Waterfall?

My response.

As a recent convert to the PMI world I have noticed that Agile and Scrum are tactical tools and PMP is a strategic tool.

PMI is 30+ years worth of real world experience and I really hate it when someone disregards PMI lingo as buzz words. To me it shows that they do not full understand the PMP methodology. This is part PMI’s fault by having such a high barrier to entry through cost, the years of experience prior to, continuing ed, etc… But whether or not you want to get the PMP behind your name and pay the money to be in the club, one should still study its methodology because you are studying 30 years worth of collected, real world knowledge and experience. I feel it’s the first place one should go to increase their PM knowledge (and certainly not the last).

Agile and Scrum could be considered open source and thus have no barrier to entry, they flexible by design, and have appeal with workers who like details and could care less about the over all strategy. Using Agile as an employee management tool increases employee motivation and buy-in which increases the chances of a projects success.

Agile works best where the project and its requirements are ambiguous. You deliver a working product earlier and make it better with each iteration, which helps keep morale up and the instant gratification high. Agile also brings a new set of employee best practices to software development methodology but can’t solve the whole problem of project management by itself (critical path, cost estimation, cost monitoring and controlling, scope creep!, etc.) The dirty secret is you have to have a pretty self-sufficient team to run it in true Agile fashion.

Also, every Agile project can be said to be delivered on time and thus a success because you always deliver the date regardless of the requirements. Agile isn’t constrained by the Triple Constraints.

I’m not really bashing Agile, I will run a software development project like an Agile project, but I’m still going to do the 44 processes that the PMP requires.


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SCRUM in Under 10 Minutes (HD) by @hamids

August 24, 2009 at 12:57 pm (Agile) ()

Learn the SCRUM software development methodology in less than 10 minutes. By the end of this fast-paced video, you’ll know about burn-down charts, team roles, product backlogs, sprints, daily scrums and more. 

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