Policing the agile expressway

The advent of agile represented a revolution. A departure from the do-this-then-that process dictated by waterfall, agile approaches unshackled team members' innate creativity and self-organization. Yet those very concepts also instigated a misconception that agile means anarchy, which contributes to a lingering skepticism of the approach. This article discusses how project managers can maintain the momentum without sacrificing discipline. In doing so, it reports the results of a VersionOne survey that notes the top concerns about agile adoption are lack of up-front planning, loss of management control, lack of predictability, and lack of engineering discipline. It notes that agile is rooted in each individual's self-motivation and direction, and it states that project managers using agile approaches should make the team top priority, followed by the client and the deliverable. Next, the article details how project managers must put in place tools to maintain discipline, suggesting that teams should start and
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