Agile Vs. Traditional Project Management Styles, Which One Fits Your Project?

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Mohamed Billow Bashir

Agile project management style is popularly used among software development teams. It focuses more on teamwork, collaboration, and flexibility. Product delivery is very predictable; hence budget and scheduling issues are less likely to occur. The method also engages customer feedback with the less initial planning. In this sense, it is easily adaptable to changes that occur along the way. However, for clients who are not sure of what they want, they may cause a project to fall out of track and lead to the extensive workload on individual developers’ shoulders.

The traditional project management style, on the other hand, follows a linear approach with a strict sequence of activities. It can easily be controlled and contains well-defined processes and objectives. However, its structural rigidity can result in lengthy deadlines and prolonged budgets for more complex projects. Besides, planning of an entire project occurs initially; therefore, there is limited room for adapting to significant changes that happen along the way. Essentially, simple projects that require clear requirements and recurring activities may opt for the traditional project management approach because it leaves a clear path to successful project completion. In this regard, if my project is highly complex, I would choose the agile method as it is more adaptable. It also takes into account the changing priorities and requirements of a business. I would not consider the traditional methodology when running such undertakings because this approach does not allow room for any developmental change.

On the contrary, the agile methodology can be used to detect possible future risks and address them before they bring serious harm to my business. Hence, it is a better option in terms of risk management. Overall, to consider which approach is best suited for a project, I believe that one should keep in mind the nature of the business and its requirements. It is also best not to overlook the size of the project, along with its required resources. One would consider using the traditional approach if the project does not need to use new technology or tools, conversely, if I had to use new technology in a project. I would choose the agile methodology, which allows room for more experimentation.

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