There has been a lot of discussion in the PM world recently about how to successfully implement Agile into a traditionally non-Agile environment.

A recurring theme is that it may be easy to apply some outwardly visible signs of Agile, but that without proper understanding and knowledge, the project can easily descend into undirected “Agile chaos.” In an excellent article by Bob Galen on the PM Hut blog, he suggests that the key to successful implementation is a dedicated Scrum master who has a “fundamental understanding of Scrum and has received some serious level training around the role and Agile leadership.”

If it’s not enough to just have daily stand up meetings and the other paraphernalia of Agile methodology, someone has to own the project and understand how to drive the implementation of Scrum using and supported by the various team members, one of whom could well be their immediate line manager.

Formal training such as the Agile Project Management Certification from APMG is a good starting point for integrating Agile principles smoothly and successfully. The course explains how to deliver Agile Projects in organisations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.

The course offers practical guidance on:

  • How to lay the foundations for successful agile projects
  • How an agile project is managed
  • Clarify the different management styles needed for successful agile projects (compared to “traditional” projects)
  • Provide integration with PRINCE2®