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Addressing Management Concerns about Agile


Introducing Agile Project Management to an organization that's unaccustomed to it can be challenging. Specifically, managers used to a more traditional approach often cite the following concerns about Agile:

  • Fear of giving up the need to understand all detailed requirements up front
  • Concern about how to determine what “done” looks like; they view Agile as sanctioned scope creep.
  • Concern about having developers talking directly with customers, as some developers lack business expertise or are not versed in the nuances of customer relations.

To address these concerns, which have some validity to them, there are a number of principles that should be adopted. This best practice offers tips for addressing typical management concerns about the agile concept.