Agile projects are on the rise, but a solely agile approach is not always the most suitable choice for every project. It is necessary to validate in advance how much agility is appropriate for a project, especially before starting it. But even in the middle of a project, you can carry out an assessment using the Adaptive Project Navigator© with its systematic and holistic 360-degree approach to verify the project methodology.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“--so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

This short dialogue from Alice in Wonderland describes why framework conditions and goals play such an important role. Far too often, we rack our brains for a solution without clearly understanding the problem. We plan and start projects without clearly defining what should be reached. We assume we have clearly defined requirements and wonder why they constantly change during the project. Or we choose a methodology without even knowing if the necessary conditions for its application have been met.

It is not uncommon to hear about how large-scale projects failed. There are many reasons, from unrealistic project planning and missing goal definitions to a project team unable to take important decisions independently. And let’s face it, every one of us has been part of a project that has been delayed or even failed.

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In BearingPoint’s Agile Pulse Study 2019, almost half of the participants stated that they have more than three years’ experience applying agile methods.

Adaptive Project Navigator - The GPS of project management

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