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During January 2006, I had the opportunity to train batches of software engineers on project management based on the project management body of knowledge but focused on the practtioners approach, not just the exam perspective. Naturally the discussion got into the application of project management fundamentals within the agile framework. I found this very interesting becuase the latest PMBOK gives handles to these;

1) The current version of PMBOK gives us stuff like rolling wave / moving window planning - similar to the iterative approach of agile

2) There is lot of discussion around the throughput model Vs the cost model, which is the conventional approach. Throughput model is the essence of agile, and is covered in PMBOk through the critical chain approach of Godratt, which is focusing just on the throughput. This gells well with the agile manifesto.

3) Instead of applying the critical path and the earned value for the entire project, the focus should shift to defining the critical path of the current and the next iteration cycles as well as tracking their progress using earned value. In a nutshell, for whatever is definitive, apply the critical path and earned value and track with greater rigor.

These are just thoughts of mine, and I believe in the applicability of this in agile. Invite you to dhare your views on this thought :-)

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 4:59 PM Advanced project Management | Back to top

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