Monday, June 29, 2015

What is PRINCE2 Agile?

PRINCE2 Agile is an extension to PRINCE2, combining the flexibility and responsiveness of agile delivery with the established and proven best practice framework of project management.

PRINCE2 Agile will guide practitioners on how to apply agile methods to PRINCE2 in the most effective way to produce a perfect blend of best practices. It covers a range of agile frameworks, including Scrum, Kanban and the more recent approaches including Lean Start-up and Cynefin.

The strength of PRINCE2 is mainly in the areas of project direction and project management with little emphasis on product delivery. Conversely, agile has a strong focus on product delivery.

PRINCE2 Agile provides guidance and tailoring of PRINCE2 in an agile context including principles, themes, processes, production of PRINCE2 management products and mapping of roles.

The blending of PRINCE2 and Agile is not a binary setting. PRINCE2 Agile has an Agilometer indicating how Agile we can allow ourselves to be. High degree of flexibility on scope, level of collaboration, ease of communication etc. are indicators allowing a high degree of Agile blend into the PRINCE2 method. 
The six PRINCE2 performance indicators are Quality, Scope, Risk, Cost, Time and Benefits. PRINCE2 Agile is recommending the following strategy when PRINCE2 and Agile are blended:
  • Fix time and cost targets per stage – keep the time and cost tolerances close to zero. There can be more than one feature release/sprint per stage, but the time boundaries are fixed

  • Have moderate flexibility on Benefits and Risks. 

  • Ensure the possibility to be flexible on Scope and Quality Criteria. Keep a prioritized backlog and grade all features and requirements using a prioritization technique like MoSCoW where each acceptance criterion is rated as either Must have, Should have, Could have or Won’t have for now.

You can read more about PRINCE2 Agile in the free download the first three chapters of the PRINCE2 Agile guide.

Read more about the integration of PRINCE2 and Scrum.

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