Agile Programme Management

Via Brad Appleton‘s excellent post of links to Agile Programme Management resources, a paper on Combining Agile Methods with Stage-Gate Project Management.

Based on studies in three engineering companies, the conclusion is that are benefits from both the management and engineering perspective.

Good things:

  • Agile method add microplanning and day-to-day control to the stage-gate methods
  • Engineering teams felt more in control of their work
  • Stage-gate approach improves ability of agile methods to interact with other engineering teams, other functions (such as marketing) and senior management.

Things to watch out for:

  • Need to manage expectations
  • Challenge on large projects of finding a “customer representative” as required by Agile methods
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