An Agile Attitude
PMI asked project professionals: Is “agile” a state of mind?
“Yes. Break free of
documents and red
tape that don’t add
“Yes. It’s about making
progress with the best
knowledge you have at
a given time and then
re-evaluating so you don’t
go too far down a wrong
path. It is the real world.”
—Darryl Johnson, PMP
“It’s a project management
set of practices and
techniques that require the
proper state of mind. But
to reduce it to just a ‘state
of mind’ is short-sighted.”
“Agile is the latest buzzword. A
good project manager adapts to
the situation, and sometimes he
or she breaks larger projects into
smaller ones. But any time you
do agile, it ultimately becomes
a tweak-fest, and you really can
get into a problem if you have an
overbearing business sponsor.”
—David Yost, PMP
PMI’S CAREER CENTRAL GROUP ON LINKEDIN
Amy Haffner, PMP, asks:
What do you know now that
you wish you knew when you
;rst became a project manager?
Mark Palmquist, PMP, responds: I wish I had
known about A Guide to the Project Management
Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
Project management is a common practice,
in varying degrees, for just about everybody, but
without specific knowledge of project management principles, it’s really just muddling through
projects, and that’s not good enough.
When I read the PMBOK® Guide, I learned I
had been practicing the Knowledge Areas, but it
was haphazard, not methodical. A firm understanding of the Knowledge Areas and Process
Groups makes all the difference in becoming a
real project manager.
;VOICES ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT BLOG;
Get to the Point
In “Five Ways Gen Y Will Alter Project Management,” blogger V. Srinivasa Rao
predicts that Millennial project professionals’ short attention spans will lead to
simpler and leaner processes driven by digital communication technology.
Will Lester, PMP, responds: As a 26-year-old Project Management Professional
(PMP)® credential holder, I find myself pushing for digitization as a key part of
my workflow. Continuous improvement through lean approaches is a hallmark of
However, I would caution against the observation made by older generations
regarding the limited attention span of my generation. I believe the appropriate
application of attention requires more skill now than ever before.
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