Is Agile the Future of Project Management?
Agile seems to be growing in popularity among project management professionals, and with good reason. Its flexibility and adaptability make Agile ideal for projects where major constraints are not well understood and/or the customer wants a high level of involvement and frequent deliveries of workable products. But is Agile the future of project management?
The simple answer is: no. Despite the many benefits of Agile, it’s not well-suited for all projects. For instance, Agile isn’t designed for reproducibility. Imagine a scenario where a customer asked you to create three identical cars. If you decided to create a separate project and form a stand-alone Agile project team for each one, it would likely result in three unique cars rather than three identical ones.
Waterfall is still currently the best project management method for clearly defined projects with definitive timelines and well-defined deliverables. Other times Agile isn’t ideal are:
- When the outcome of your project is already stable and well understood.
- Your customer isn’t willing to commit to the level of contact and interaction required of Agile.
- Your company cannot support an Agile environment.