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Agile: Overview and Core Methods

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Abstract
This paper by ProjectConnections Director of IT Content Kent McDonald provides an overview of the key historical statements created by members of the agile community to codify the value set and principles shared by agile software development and agile project leadership methods. It includes some of the history behind the creation of these statements and suggestions for applying these values and principles in a non-agile environment.


What this is

An overview of the key historical statements created by members of the agile community to codify the value set and principles shared by agile software development and agile project leadership methods. The overview includes some of the history behind the creation of these statements, and suggestions for applying these values and principles in a non-agile environment.


Why it's useful

Agile teams do not rely on a lot of prescribed practices and techniques to mitigate the risks inherent in projects. This makes it essential for teams to use the values and principles as guardrails to help guide their decisions on establishing the right amount of risk mitigation in their projects. Understanding the values and principles central to agile and how those principles can be applied will provide a richer understanding of agile methods and their value.


How to use it

  • Read the paper to get an overall understanding of the commonly held values and principles of the agile methods.
  • Use the suggested techniques with your project team to start experiencing the advantages of adopting agile, even if your work is not done in an agile environment.
  • Once you have a good understanding of how the values and principles apply to your project, start identifying new ways to operate projects in an agile manner.

About the Author
Kent J. McDonald has more than a decade of experience guiding successful projects and designing business solutions in a variety of industries, including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, non-profit, and automotive. His background includes delivering data-intensive and web-enabled application development projects that provide outstanding business value, and helping organizations find practical ways to deliver the right results. When he is not helping organizations get more done by doing less, Kent writes and speaks on leadership, business analysis, and agile approaches. Kent is currently Director of IT Content for ProjectConnections.com where he is developing and organizing practical resources for teams involved in Information technology projects and interested in agile approaches.


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