Open Minds. Multiple Approaches. One Goal.
Embrace the Future of Project Management
There are many methods and capabilities that enable organizations to deliver their projects and programs—predictive, iterative (waterfall), incremental, agile, hybrid and next practices (future approaches). PMI’s brand position advocates the use of the right approach for the right project. That means project characteristics and organization needs should drive decisions about the best approach. Organizations that tailor their approach to each project’s needs are often more successful.
Research Provides Insight into Organizational Agility
We wanted to understand how organizations benefit from an array of approaches across the continuum of project and value delivery. Our 2017 thought leadership research explored both agile and agility, which are not the same thing. The research revealed that just like siblings, each has a singular purpose, but an undeniable relationship. Together, they are often better.
An organization’s overall agility level—more than its project approach—is what determines the success of its outcomes. But, organizations with the highest levels of agility also equip their project professionals with diverse toolkits and skill sets, so they can select the right approach. Successful organizations manage unexpected roadblocks, risks and market changes more easily when “being agile” becomes part of their philosophy.
Explore our thought leadership focused on the importance of organizational agility.
Volunteer Groups Develop Simultaneous Translations
PMI hosted meetings where teams of global volunteers reviewed a professionally translated version of the new Agile Practice Guide to determine if it was a good representation of the English version. This approach allowed us to simultaneously launch the book in 11 different languages. Digital editions of the Agile Practice Guide are available at no cost to PMI members. The Agile Alliance also is providing its members access to a digital edition.
Our “Open Minds, Multiple Approaches, One Goal” microsite features articles and videos on the various approaches to project management and how they can work together.
- “Why Agile is NOT a Methodology” explains what being agile really means.
- “Agile Goes Public” tells how a government agency relied on agile to protect Australia's most vulnerable workers.
- “Taking Agile to the Finish Line” talks about using agile approaches to train for a marathon.
In The News
PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley participated in a Guardian Podcast interview entitled “Is Your Business Working on the Right Things and What to Do about It.” He discussed digital transformation, agile practices and project management leadership. Listen to the full interview.
So, if you want to be in an agile organization or have organizational agility it’s really a shift in mindset from old structures of command and control to new or innovative ways of really getting the work done. And that starts at the top...It’s not enough to just say we want to be agile. I think if you asked any executive in the C-Suite, ‘Would you like to be agile?’ The answer would be ‘yes’...It’s more than just giving top-level direction. It’s really about setting the tone and demonstrating the leadership that is necessary to achieve that agility.
Mark A. Langley
PMI President & CEO
The Guardian Podcast