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Agility with rigour


Johannesburg, 31 Mar 2014
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Agile project management. You've heard about it because everyone talks about it. If they haven't already looked at it, every organisation will do so soon. But what is it? What's it for? How do you do it? And where do you learn about it and create the competency to make use of its proven, increasingly popular disciplines?

The answer to the last question is easy: allaboutXpert. The company's accredited consultant and training capability will help you answer any other questions you might have and to learn the skills you need.

Agile methods balance speed, innovation and flexibility with control. Developed to address the straitjacket of orthodox methods, which can suffocate creativity, flexibility and even team productivity, Agile methods constantly refresh the project's fit to emerging business realities.

The result? Managed change. Energetic innovation. Reduced cycles. Improved productivity. Higher rates of success. And all of this is achieved with greater precision, closer control, and above all, rigorous discipline. It's a winning combination.

And if you thought Agile is about IT projects, you need to think again. In the 20 years since the DSDM Consortium members (www.dsdm.org) first met to move Rapid Application Development concepts forward into structured methods, Agile has emerged as a preferred approach for projects driving all types of business change, for products, processes, structures, strategies, markets or customer services. Or, of course, technology change and development.

The DSDM Consortium (www.dsdm.org), the non-profit which licenses the DSDM Certifications, is "all about scalable Agile delivery of projects and programmes, with the right amount of governance and control that enables successful innovation".

What we call Agility with rigour

DSDM's Agile project management (PM) and delivery framework ensures that you deliver the right solution for your organisation at the right time - a robust PM framework. It provides governance and rigour while incorporating the agility and flexibility that is needed. Drawn from both public and private sector organisation projects over the past 20 years, it covers the entire life cycle of a project. It is a best practice framework for on-time, on-budget delivery of projects - with proven scalability for projects of all sizes in any business sector.

DSDM is designed to be easily tailored and used in conjunction with traditional methods such as PRINCE2 or to complement other Agile approaches such as Scrum.

allaboutXpert has taken this into account when deciding what Agile methodology to consult and train on, choosing the AgilePM Certification. AgilePM was launched in October 2010, to enable project managers to adopt a mature, scalable, corporate-strength Agile approach within their organisations. AgilePM is fully supported by an APMG, providing accredited training and personal certification in Agile project management.

"Based on the proven fundamentals within DSDM Atern, the certification provides the ability 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."

There are several benefits for companies adopting AgilePM, including:

* Deliver change faster, at a lower cost and with lower risk by continually validating project milestones against business objectives.
* Complement and work with existing corporate processes such as PRINCE2, quality and audit processes to improve rigour and visibility around project management, leading to a proven track record of successful delivery in a corporate environment.
* Simply adopt a tried and tested approach rather than developing and integrating a company-specific agile management process.
* Achieve better communication and control over projects and adapt project plans without disrupting the project budget, timescale and scope.
* Develop professionalism in employees and include agile certification in employee professional development schemes.

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allaboutXpert Ashley Gladwell (+27) 079 882 7324 ashley.gladwell@allaboutxpert.com
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