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Don't Be Alarmed

Yes, the PMBOK® Guide Now Covers Agile Delivery Practices; but That Doesn't Mean Agile is for Everything and Everyone

At a recent PMI networking meeting, someone asked me: "Now that the PMBOK® Guide has 'gone agile,' should those of us leading non-agile projects suddenly change course?" Tension filled the room. The question was sparked by the recent launch of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Sixth Edition, which contains formal agile guidance for the first time. It has not "gone agile," but it is "agile-aware." PMI members will notice they cannot download their free copy without also getting the Agile Practice Guide. (Full disclosure: I served on the team that produced the new guide.) Many people are unsettled less by the content of the guides than a perceived unspoken message: PMI is agilizing everything. They wonder how it changes their role.
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