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Mike Acaster explains why a combination of both could help in business. As any chartered accountant will appreciate, forecasted budgets can very often differ from actual spend and the return on investment may not always reflect the original business case.
To prevent this, there are a number of different structured project management methodologies in use by organizations all over the world. A structured approach to project management is designed to deliver any project of any size — regardless of sector — and is focused on delivering projects on time and within budget.
Released init was originally developed by the UK government. Like other structured approaches to project management, it gives a scalable means to control of resources that can be tailored to specific projects — and the ability to manage business and project risk more effectively.
It isolates the management aspects of project work from the specialist contributions and the means of delivery.
The specialist aspects can then be easily integrated into a secure overall framework for the entire project. One of the key strengths of PRINCE2 in particular is that it requires an ongoing business justification for the investment to deliver a specific project.
Because PRINCE2 is generic and based on proven principles, organizations adopting the method can substantially improve their organizational capability and maturity across various areas such as business change, construction, IT, mergers and acquisitions, research and product development.
The Agile Approach Other methodologies approach projects from completely different angles. Agile — which has its roots in software development — takes an iterative attitude to project management. Each iteration is reviewed and critiqued by the project team, and insights gained from that critique are used to determine what the next step should be in the project.
Agile originated with software developers, who believed there was a more appropriate way to manage the cyclical software development process. The publication of the Agile Manifesto in marked the beginning of the methodology. However, the core remains the same; repeated iterative steps to produce results in a short time scale.
Agile provides a quick, flexible way of working which builds in feedback from the team at every stage. Agile is very effective for small teams working in a single to projects that may not have been obvious at the outset. Even when they do make the decision to adopt an Agile approach, many businesses recognize the need to apply greater control than the methodology allows.
Which is Right for Me and My Organization? Each approach has its own benefits. Agile appeals because of its collaboration, quick pace and rapid feedback mechanisms, while structured approaches provide control, good governance and structure. They share some elements: The traditional orthodoxy says that for delivery-focused projects, running in a single team and with a relatively straightforward goal, Agile can be highly effective.
When delivery demands become more complex, or spread between multiple teams in multiple locations, Agile can begin to produce unhelpful results. For those larger projects, a structured approach can be a more reliable way of ensuring that delivery is not undermined by working practices.
Each industry sector will have its own appropriate approach — and this is accommodated in the methodology. As more and more organizations adopt Agile, it is becoming more accepted and less controversial that to perform effectively at scale, more control is required — which is where a structured approach comes into its own.
Both approaches emphasize adding value for the organization, each with a different focus. A structured approach prioritizes the business justification for the investment needed to achieve something of value, and Agile stresses the delivery of usable products and adds value incrementally.
In new product development, for example, a business case is required; once that and the investment are established under PRINCE2, the development process can occur in an Agile way.Studies frequently used a mixed-methods approach for research prioritization, combining in-person venues with quantitative prioritization processes such as .
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© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. A structured approach to project management is designed to deliver any project of any size – regardless of sector – and is focused on delivering projects on time and within budget.
AXELOS – a joint venture between the Cabinet Office and Capita – has responsibility for the most widely used structured project management methodology.