Blending Agile Frameworks for Project Success

February 23, 2018

Agile frameworks and process tools such as Scrum, Lean Kanban, Extreme Programming XP and others bring their own characteristics and advantages to the table. For example, Kanban focuses on improving whichever approach is being used rather than providing its own framework, while Scrum provides a definite framework with essential artifacts. The focus of the Agile approach is to deliver value rather than fixate on the processes themselves. Therefore, organizations can customize several Agile frameworks and methodologies to suit their needs, enabling them to deliver maximum value.

Organizations can take into account factors such as organizational structure, business goals, expertise level and the size of the team when mixing Agile frameworks. The underlying idea is to complete the sentence: “My client will benefit the most if _________ is used.”

Such adaptations should only be made after extensive discussions are held among Agile coaches and other stakeholders in the project. Most often organizations modify Agile frameworks and methodologies to an extent when there is no element of Agile evident in the new version. When the project fails, the organization places the blame on Agile. Thoughtful analysis and selective implementation can mitigate this tendency and move toward success.

When attempting adaptive combinations, it should be kept in mind that Agile frameworks and methods cannot be mixed with Waterfall or traditional methods. Waterfall methodologies are most useful on linear projects that do not have any unpredictability, whereas Agile projects are typically unpredictable and are subject to constant change.




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