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Aligning Agile Methodologies

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METHODOLOGY OR COMBINATION OF METHODOLOGIES

JUSTIFICATION FOR THE METHODOLOGY OR COMBINATION OF METHODOLOGIES

A specialized contracting company recently experienced rapid growth and decided to implement a project/job tracking system. Dissatisfied with the available software programs and the cost, the company decided to write its own application. The owner’s daughter, who recently graduated from college with an IT degree, has been hired as a developer and is eager to work on the project. The company’s one other developer has only one year of experience as a developer. The construction project manager (CPM) has been with the company for more than 15 years and will be the primary user of this new application. He is well known for being sensitive to requests from the owner and is prone to changing requirements often. He hired a junior CPM a few years prior and feels comfortable stepping away from his usual responsibilities to assist with this new project.

A law firm with three partners is considering going completely paperless and to a cloud solution. This is being pushed primarily by one partner, and his challenge, now that he has been given the green light by his partners to begin this initiative, is to quickly show a strong ROI. The partners have agreed to this transition for their western region, and if he can successfully show a rapid ROI, the project will be expanded to the other 3 regions. The application they currently use is on premise (using servers located at their office) and only recently became available in the cloud. The project manager assigned to this project is very process-centric and has identified that there are two current groups of users within the law firm that would like modest updates to their application and one additional group of users who will be new to the system.

A small educational software company that produces educational programs for young children has decided to launch a new division focused on the middle school-aged market. The development team is located in India. The local team at the main office consists of a project manager, a business analyst, a marketing rep, and a customer liaison that represents the customer team. One of the challenges this particular customer team has had with past projects is dealing with the amount of scope creep that tends to slide in, which causes projects to blow up and deadlines to be missed, creating a tremendous amount of stress for the rest of the team. Fortunately, the seasoned project manager is an excellent communicator, is PMI-ACP certified, and has been given the opportunity to select the project management methodology he deems best.

The Healthcare.gov website was launched in 2013 and was wrought with issues. According to McKinsey & Co, the site suffered from poor planning from the beginning. Rather than calling for a phased approach that would have been rolled out in a weekly or biweekly fashion, the government issued a massive list of requirements and let developers work until they came back with a “finished” product. You and your company, United Skilled Modelers, with distributed developer teams all across the globe, have been tasked with replacing the website. Because this will replace the current site, the requirements are very well known and are considered quite stable. You have a team of 50 developers and more than a dozen OMG Certified UML professionals, and have heavily invested in training developers to become skilled modelers.

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