Quality Management in Agile Compared to Traditional Project Management

1973 Words8 Pages
Introduction
The goal of Traditional Project Management as opposed to Agile Project Management is comprehensive project planning, starting with clearly defined goals. Agile Project Management enables creativity and flexibility. Therefore, when specifications frequently change, the traditional approach may not be as effective. For example, software projects that often start with few specifications are subject to changes throughout the development process (Vital S. Anantatmula, Manga Anatatmula, p. 1). On the other hand, corporate restructuring projects that are outsourced typically use traditional management' class='brand-secondary'>project management, such as in the aerospace or engineering industries (Max Smith, Project Management Outsourcing and Other Service Projects, p.1) In establishing a process determination for PMI standards, not every project is suited to fit the practices of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). Usually, a selective approach to processes and practices based on the size, complexity, type and basic needs of the industry will dictate whether using a traditional or agile approach or a hybrid thereof is more suitable. While the continuous process of quality assurance and quality control in management is associated with ongoing improvement and process analysis, every project must, in the end, ensure the accuracy and credibility of the process measurement systems. The manager must incorporate the right tools from each process throughout the course of the project (Harry Reever, Quality in Project Management, p. 1).

Agile Project Management, according to Donovan Burba, represents a “revolution,” creating an opportunity for creativity and “self- organization”. Burba also addresses the problems: the “lack of up-front, loss ...

... middle of paper ...

...e Methodologies, Communications of the ACM, May 2005/Vol. 48, No. 5., pp. 73-78.

Parry, Matthew H., Quality Management is an Opportunity, Project management Journal,
Special Summer Issue, pp. 34-35.

Rever, Harry, Quality in Project Management – A Practical Look at Chapter 8 of the
PMBOK® Guide, 2007 PMI Global Congress Proceedings, Cancun, Mexico, pp. 1-7.

Sliger, Michele, Goodbye Scope Creep – Hello Agile! 2010 PMI Global Congress
Proceedings, Washington, DC, pp. 1-7.

Smith, Max P, PMP, Project Management of Outsourcing Projects, PM Network, October
1996. pp. 39-43.

Yee, Nancy, Agile: Still the Magic bullet, or DO You Need a Blended Solution? 2011 PMI
Global Congress Proceedings, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas., pp. 1-8.

Zbrodoff, Shane, Pilot Projects-Making Innovations and New Concepts Fly, 2012 Global
Congress Proceedings, Marseille, France, pp. 1-8.
Open Document