Agile implementation will be viewed in some organizations as a failure, but for the wrong reasons.
When compared to traditional methods, studies show that agile methods can reduce costs, speed time to market, and improve quality; however, in 2013, many organizations will continue to fall short in realizing the promise of agile. Why? Because the professionals assigned to agile projects aren’t trained in agile methods and their organizations are not culturally ready to embrace its principles. It’s not sufficient to train just a handful of scrum masters. The scrum team, including developers, testers, and product owners, needs to know how to apply agile practices. In particular, the organization’s executives need to understand how they can help break down the cultural barriers to adoption, which is crucial. Providing training to only those who lead these efforts will undermine overall agile adoption, resulting in poor or failed implementations.
ESI International, a leading project management training company, recently announced the release of its top 10 trends in project management for 2013. The 2013 trends reveal that expert leadership is lacking in all areas of project management, portfolio management and program management.
“This year’s trends bring a murky problem into specific light,” said J. LeRoy Ward, Executive Vice President, ESI International. “Leadership skills are lacking within the project community, and until project managers learn how to properly lead teams and their projects, project execution will continue to be a problem.”