PRINCE2 Agile™ Arrives
The roll-out of PRINCE2 Agile starts this month.
Many Focus clients take a pragmatic approach to Agile and have successfully melded iterative development techniques with more structured project direction and control. The new best practice guidance from AXELOS will help others combine PRINCE2 and Agile.
The new extension to PRINCE2 explains when and how to combine it with Agile and Scrum to reap the benefits of both. There is a new manual and qualifications aimed at existing PRINCE2 Practitioners. Training courses will be available later this month. The preview below draws on material from the new manual.
PRINCE2 is the most widely used project management approach in the world, and it is increasingly being used in conjunction with Agile and Scrum. As more organisations adopt agile, the need for specific guidance on how to use PRINCE2 in an agile context has grown accordingly. PRINCE2 and Agile each have their own strengths and when combined they complement each other and create a holistic approach to managing projects in an agile way.
The strength of PRINCE2 lies in the areas of project direction and project management. However, it provides little focus on the field of product delivery. Conversely, agile has a very strong focus on product delivery but relatively little on project direction and project management.
The key is to avoid thinking of PRINCE2 and Agile as two parallel but separate approaches. Instead, they can be combined. Those directing and managing a project in an agile context need to adopt agile disciplines and behaviours. Equally, those using agile to deliver need to integrate seamlessly with the PRINCE2 ethos of staying in control by empowering people and ensuring that the project remains viable.
Since its emergence in the 1990s, most applications of Agile have related to product development, typically in an IT context. However, the use of agile has now gone beyond IT and is being used in more diverse and challenging situations. As the need for Agile to work in a project context increases, the established and internationally recognised methods for project management have needed to provide guidance on how they work with agile.
PRINCE2 Agile provides guidance for tailoring PRINCE2 to work in the most effective way in an agile context. The guidance has been authored by Keith Richards who has years of practical Agile experience and regularly delivers Focus in-house courses.