The recent update to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, fondly known as the PMBOK, added the Agile Practice Guide as a supplement to version 6.
What excites me about this add-on, beyond being repeatedly asked if I “do Agile,” is the recognition that there is a spectrum of agility and the call to use the appropriate tools for the job at hand.
The Project Management Institute (PMI), in its recent communications, is calling for a “toolbox” approach to projects and asking many questions.
- Can you deliver value in small chunks?
- Can you iterate?
- What is the cultural tolerance for drafts of deliverables?
- How clear are the requirements?
The supplement has a good troubleshooting appendix that maps well with my experience in various organizational environments.
I have a feeling I will be referencing this supplement many times over the next couple of years.