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Context

The agile approach to project management resulted from a desire to move away from traditional methodologies which were unable to match the ever-evolving nature of various industries.

Why is it called agile

We refer to agile project management as agile because of its ability to adapt. Agile management embraces change.

Reasons for its success

The traditional project management methodologies:

The agile principles

These are the four(4) principles upon which all of agile management is built:

  1. People and their experiences over rigid processes
  2. Tangible and usable products over extensive documentation
  3. Collaboration with client over contracts
  4. Adaptation to change over a rigid plan

In each pair, the latter item is not unnecessary but it is not as important as the former. For example, having a working product is more important than a manual (documentation) but we still need to produce a manual (a document describing how the product should be used).

Agile methodologies

These are the result of applying the agile principles. It is not necessary to use only one methodology as one may have its strengths in dealing with certain situations compared to another.

Examples of agile methodologies

Some agile methodologies are:

Advantages of the agile approach

With the agile approach, the team:

Areas where we apply agile

These include but are not limited to: