How do you choose? How do you know that you are making the best choice either for your personal career or for your organization?
Scrum is a process cutting through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs in order to, incrementally and empirically, deliver working software. According to Scrum it provides a simple framework for team collaboration on complex software projects (even though the concept of a project or project lifecycle is not recognized. It does not recognize the traditional role of ‘project manager’, there is no ‘project board’, you don’t have ‘stage boundaries’, there is a move away from project documentation such as a business case, a project plan, work packages and product descriptions. Essentially it provides for an ‘empowered’ team able to make decisions and create what the business desires. It remains very popular amongst the agile fraternity.
The remaining dilemma is that many organizations have to and want to remain to be seen as having proper governance and control in place. They have embedded for example PRINCE2®, never fully understanding how to or tapping on its ability to be tailored to be agile, whilst retaining the governance so desperately needed. As a result of this lack of understanding and based on the need of organizations for governance AgilePM (Agile Project Management) became a viable option. AgilePM retains the idea of projects, project managers, project steering groups, stages (increments), business cases and pre-project work. In addition, AgilePM provides a number of documents that can be used if needed. A natural flow from AgilePM became AgilePgM™ (Agile Programme Management) placing more emphasis on incremental delivery and recognizes that the programme (including potential incremental deliveries, projects and change initiatives) will evolve over time and cannot be defined up front. Whilst a roadmap to the future can be created, only the relatively immediate future state can be defined in any detail.
More recently PRINCE2 Agile, providing a way of blending agile with PRINCE2 saw the light of day helping individuals and businesses that have already embedded PRINCE2 as their preferred project management method with its solid provision for governance. PRINCE2 Agile shows you how you can get the best of both worlds; introducing the use of agile concepts and practices, demonstrating how you can blend them into the structure of a PRINCE2 environment.
What qualification should you then choose?
PRINCE2 still remain a key certification demanded by many organizations. Agile, is however gaining more momentum and if you want to remain ahead of the pack some certification in agile is becoming the course of choice for prospective employers in certain circumstances. There is increasing evidence and experience from professionals in the project management industry to suggest that the two methodologies do not necessarily clash and can be moulded in to a hybrid methodology depending on the situation.
A natural decision would be for organizations and individuals already embedding PRINCE2 to go the PRINCE2 Agile route as this immediately helps you to bring both of these capabilities together under one umbrella.
AgilePM provides for an independent project management lifecycle incorporating an agile solution development cycle into one. It brings with it also the aligned AgilePgM that gives organisations an agile programme management capability.
In conclusion the fact remains mastering multiple approaches to PM approaches be it more traditional or agile allows for recognition of expertise and enables better decision making within organisations and provides for better career prospects.
From the desk of Corrie Jordaan
Snap Tech Pty Ltd