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Degrees of Uncertainty

When Assessing the Suitability of Agile Approaches, Zero In on Your Project's Known Unknowns

If you've never heard project managers debate the merits of agile, here's a quick summary. A gruff project manager says, "Since your agile approach doesn't fit my oil exploration projects, it's not relevant to me and thus not even worth learning about." An agile zealot will respond, "Oh, yeah? Well, let me rattle off several digital products you don't care about, along with a few contrived examples." Here's a better way to size up whether agile approaches should factor into your project: Gauge the project's level of uncertainty, both in terms of requirements and technical challenges.
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