We need to be more agile

We study the impact of good and bad project management at businesses across Asia

This is a cry sometimes heard coming from angry bosses frustrated with yet another delay in a project that is hitting the company’s bottom line. It is often because the boss has heard of a super new way of managing and delivering projects called “agile”.

Agile is actually about customer centricity in product and software development (see here).

In the last 2 decades it has had rapid software development methodologies bolted onto it and become a useful tool in business (see here).

To some, agile has become a panacea, an excuse to replace traditional forms of delivering change in a business. It is not. It is great way of delivering something to a fixed cost and a fixed deadline, however how much you deliver and its quality are not guaranteed. 

In reality agile is a tremendous tool for some aspects of delivering change, but it doesn’t replace the need for good old fashioned ‘thinking things through’ before committing to large investments.