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June 15, 2017 In this edition:
If your team is doing documentation because they are supposed to, they may be doing a lot of unnecessary work. This week, Kent McDonald shares his perspective on the pros and cons of project documentation, and how to figure out what really is necessary. Also, Alan Zucker examines some of the reasons organizations struggle with agile adoption.
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Practical Project Management
The Benefits and Costs of Documentation
by Kent McDonald

Kent McDonald I have been working in a project environment for over 15 years, first as an application engineer and program manager for an automotive parts manufacturer, then as a business analyst, project manager, or program manager in a variety of information technology projects. What is the common denominator in all these projects? Documentation. My role on most of those projects could easily appear to be all about producing documentation. On top of that, I love writing, one of the reasons I write this column. So you would think I would be a huge advocate for producing documents on projects.

I am not.

Is your team doing the right documentation for the right reasons? »

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Agile Corner
If Agile is Better, Why is Adoption So Low?
by Alan Zucker

Alan Zucker Agile software projects have significantly better outcomes than Waterfall methodologies. Statistics from the 2015 Standish Group’s Chaos Report show that, on average, Agile projects are three times more likely to be successful than Waterfall projects. This gap is even more pronounced for medium and large-sized projects.

Even though Agile produces more successful outcomes, waterfall is still the predominant methodology. Based on data from the PMI’s 2016 Pulse of the Profession report, organizations are twice as likely to use Waterfall than Agile.

If we know that Agile projects are better, then why is adoption so low?

Alan Zucker shares his thoughts on overcoming resistance to Agile »

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