AgilePM 10: Control
Sometimes it is believed that Agile methods involve no kind of documentation, planning, or control, and that only by using communication and rituals such as daily stand-ups and iterations they will be Agile. Although sometimes it is considered that by removing certain control elements from Waterfall approaches we move closer towards Agile, in fact we are moving towards Chaos.
This is because Agile is a process and to have a process we need control at all times and to be able to demonstrate control, this being another of DSDM’s key principles. This is achieved through plans for the work being undertaken, this plan being aligned to agreed business objectives. In addition, we need to ensure that transparency exists with regards to the work performed by the team. For this to happen, the Project Manager and Team Leader together with the rest of the DSDM teams need to make plans visible to all stakeholders, measure the progress made by focusing on the delivery of products instead of on finished activities, manage proactively, continuously evaluate project viability by referring to business objectives, and use the appropriate level of formality for tracking and reports.
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