Embracing a new era of agility in project management

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The author spent the first part of her career working in IT and IT Project Management in the oil industry and investment banking on complex global projects involving the management of outsourced project teams. She now runs a digital marketing company with particular expertise in technical SEO and Content Marketing.

Agile was created for the software development industry but it was such a success that its application saw its rapid uptake in other industries as well. Agility is an essential tool that can help make the leap to the true digital age more efficient.

A good project manager course such as APM PFQ – the Project Fundamentals Qualification from the Association for Project Management – will focus on improving project outcomes by replacing the more traditional project methods that are typically characterised by too much planning that can delay both delivery and development.

Whilst some businesses may have been slow on the Agile uptake, the Covid-19 pandemic saw an increase in adoption, as many companies sought to adapt to a new working environment.

Why Agile?

Agile allows for projects to be approached on an internal basis in a way that is much more efficient and faster. The distribution of work across the effective team allows for a much simpler division of that work into smaller parts. This can have a significant impact on completion time.

Agile allows for smaller changes to be made to just one aspect of a project without there being any effect on the rest of the project. This can all be done from different locations. There is no longer quite the need for everyone to be based in the same workspace or even in the same country for an Agile methodology to work and work well.

Learn how Agile works

If you want to truly embrace the new era of Agile within project management, then it is really important to ensure that you truly understand exactly how Agile works. At training providers such as Parallel Project Management Training, they work with project managers at every stage of their career in project management to ensure that a thorough understanding of all methodologies, including Agile, forms a part of the skillset that they have.

If you think that your team are already following an Agile approach, or you would like to follow one but are not sure how to begin, then it certainly isn’t too late to start. A course can be a good way of brushing up on those all-important agility skills or even learning some new ones. Not every company that believes it is Agile actually is agile. Therefore, it is a good idea to identify exactly what you are doing.

In this incredibly fast-paced modern workplace where flexibility and diversity within a team are essential you need to be working with nimbleness and pace. You need to do so  in a way that will allow both organisations and individuals to move forward whilst still reaching their full potential and achieving success.

Identify what it is that you are already doing well and where there are improvements to be made that will make you more Agile. Then you will be able to assess what it is that you still need to work on to improve agility. Agile is being seen by many teams in project management as the real way forward. Therefore,  if you want to stay ahead of the game then it is important to ensure that you are embracing these changes.

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Project management has developed into a fully-fledged chartered profession since the granting of the Royal Charter in the UK to The Association for Project Management (APM) in 2017. Training courses for project managers were already available and highly popular to help people gain professional project management accreditation, but with this wider recognition of the profession it is now seen as a desirable career path for many. Whilst the APM has the coveted Royal Charter and continues to develop its APM PMQ (formerly the APMP) programmes, there are also other internationally recognised qualifications that continue to be highly regarded such as PMP and PRINCE2.

Organisations have become increasingly project-focused in this era of rapidly emerging new technologies and they value the expertise that comes with experienced and fully qualified project teams and managers. By investing in their project management capability businesses can be confident of delivering their new projects in time and on budget more often and more successfully. Many major corporation are now training their people to have the right project management qualifications as well as relevant experience, through internal Learning & Development (L&D) programmes; or by using external project management training providers.

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