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When not to use Agile?

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Under which circumstances and/or for which projects should I avoid using Agile to manage my projects?

I heard that Agile should be completely avoided in non-software projects and should definitely be used (instead of waterfall) in software projects. Is this true?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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Agile is an iterative approach to software development which may not be suitable for all industries or all software projects.  It was developed by the software industry for the software industry.  Even in software projects, you need a special environment to support true Agile development where the business analyst/client representative, QA, and developers are co-located and work together simultaneously to produce the outcomes.

Some 40 years ago when I was a developer, we had a similar concept called stepwise refinement.  The approach was iterative, but did not have all the other elements of Agile.

Whether you are practicing stepwise refinement or Agile, you still need project management to manage the project.  If you are using PRINCE2 which is a prescriptive approach to PM, you may have difficulties with Agile.  The PMBOK Guide which is a non-prescriptive collection of best practices will allow you to structure a methodology which works for Agile.
answered 10 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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