While the Agile methodology was initially designed for software development, it has evolved to encompass many types of projects.
The tenets of Agile are more suited to projects that result in concrete deliverables rather than services. However, since Agile uses an iterative and incremental approach to product development, you can structure any project to be more flexible and adaptive to changes.
Any of the following types of projects can benefit from using Agile:
When not to use the Agile project management method
Despite the many benefits of Agile, the methodology is not for every project or organization. But how do you know when not to use the Agile project management method? What are the advantages and disadvantages of Agile methodology?
Here are four times the Agile development methodology is not the best option:
Agile is intended to help reduce the cost of change and uncertainty on a project by breaking it down into iterative project management stages. However, if there’s already little uncertainty and a low possibility of change, Agile may not be the most effective approach. For instance, if you work in an industry with heavy regulations or where many of the project requirements are already known, you do not need iterative planning and multiple drafts.
By definition, a project is “a temporary endeavor with a beginning and an end, and it must be used to create a unique product, service or result.” But what if a customer asks you to construct five identical houses, and you decide to create a separate project and team for each one? Using Agile could result in five unique houses rather than five identical ones. One of the disadvantages of Agile is that it is not designed for reproducibility.
An Agile project requires continuous contact with your stakeholders. However, some may not have the time, ability, or desire to dedicate themselves to a project. If the project is considered low value or low risk, they may prefer a more traditional approach where you only involve them at key phases or final delivery.
If your company or project team is not ready, adopting the Agile development cycle can introduce risk to your project.
Here are five indicators that your company is not ready to use Agile: