Agile Project Management

Why Scrum alone does not work

By Kevin Lonergan | March 31, 2019 |

and how to make it much better: The purpose of this post is to describe the limitations of Scrum and why Scrum alone will often not work.  Later we describe what would work much better, while still using incremental product development. In particular, we focus on how to move beyond the mantra of delivering “value”…


Why Agile will never be a project management framework

By Kevin Lonergan | March 1, 2018 |

This is not a Waterfall-versus-Agile discussion: This post is not about Waterfall-v-Agile.  It is much wider than that. In its pure sense, Waterfall is a very specific and rarely used software development life-cycle.  This post is about the realities of projects in business, regardless of how unpalatable those realities may be, and what the real…


Product Owner: the things they often don’t mention

By Kevin Lonergan | November 29, 2017 |

Being a Product Owner: the things that are rarely mentioned Having an effective Product Owner (PO) on software development projects is a hugely useful and important role, whether using Agile or other methods.  The way the PO is described, especially by many promoting some Agile methods, is at best ambitious.  In many circumstances, it may not…


Why many Agile projects still need project managers:

By Kevin Lonergan | November 10, 2017 |

The good things in Agile: Firstly let me say, I am a huge fan of the good that Agile can bring, through some of the practices that it encourages (e.g. collaboration, transparency etc). Like all “new” ideas though, there are some whose interpretation goes beyond the bounds of what is good.  There are also some…


Time for a grown up debate: Methods and Scrum

By Kevin Lonergan | November 4, 2017 |

Time for honesty I have been writing recently on the alarming trends around PM ‘methods’, including the latest edition of the Scrum Guide, which was updated in 2017. There are many people and groups developing and publishing methods, guides and standards etc. and we have to hope they are being written for the good of…


Why the current focus on methodologies is totally wrong:

By Kevin Lonergan | October 24, 2017 |

There are large numbers of online discussions and posts promoting one project management or product development “method” over another.  As a career-long project management practitioner who has seen everything from excellent practice to very poor attempts at managing projects, I feel this is very wrong, damaging and totally the wrong debate. Where does all this…


When Agile can’t be used on projects

By Kevin Lonergan | May 8, 2016 |

Purpose of this Post Some people say that Agile could be used on any kind of project.  Agile contains some great ideas and some of the practices of Agile can be used on almost any project.  However, the heart of Agile, being incremental product development and deployment are always going to be limited to certain projects and…


Agile Versus Waterfall?

By Kevin Lonergan | May 2, 2016 |

The Pros and Cons of Agile and Waterfall Agile and Waterfall (1) are potentially two very different ways of delivering projects.  Firstly we will describe them both and then compare their respective advantages and disadvantages. Waterfall (V) Model:   Waterfall (1) projects go through a number of sequential or overlapping phases.  This defines the life cycle of the…


What types of projects can Agile be applied to?

By Kevin Lonergan | December 8, 2014 |

Types of projects that may suit Agile? Many people are understandably asking this question – “what kinds of projects can Agile be applied to”? The single biggest difference between being able to use Agile or a more Waterfall approach is the ability to be able to define, develop and formally release end products (i.e. project deliverables)…


What is Agile Project Management? Slideshare Presentation

By Kevin Lonergan | November 19, 2014 |

  Slideshare Agile Presentation: We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: What is Agile Project Management. It describes: the difference between traditional and Agile project management. the key elements of Agile how Agile works the benefits of using Agile the most common mistakes using Agile the type of projects where you may be able…


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