SOURCE: Genius Inside

Genius Inside

April 13, 2011 00:01 ET

Genius Inside White Paper Offers Software Developers Advice on Agile Scrum Project Management Model

Senior Solution Specialist Neil Stolovitsky Builds a Case for Maintaining Project Management Structure Around Independent Development Teams for Best Results

MONTREAL and GENEVA--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2011) - Making the popular Agile Scrum software development model work for your company is the theme of a new white paper from project management solutions provider Genius Inside.

The six-page document, Agile Development: Redefining "Management" in Project Management, by Genius Inside Senior Solutions Specialist Neil Stolovitsky includes an overview of Agile Scrum, its advantages over other methods, and specific points to consider before implementing it. Specifically, Stolovitsky cautions against assuming that Agile Scrum's decentralization eliminates the need for a project management infrastructure. While Agile Scrum empowers development groups to manage themselves, they must still work in a framework focused on the company's strategic goals and needs.

"In Agile environments project leaders are asking: What is the value they bring to self-governing teams? Has their role become obsolete?" Stolovitsky asks. "The reality is in Agile development environments project managers are in fact more strategic than ever. Although the administrative functions around developing plans, building schedules and generating reports may take a back burner, in Agile environments the true leadership of the project manager is tested by how well he or she can lead the troops without the use of a heavy hand." Stolovitsky gained his insights about the Agile development model during 10 years of IT experience with end-user, consulting, and vendor organizations, along with extensive expertise in business development, software selection, and channel strategies.

The Agile software development approach encourages quick changes and rapid delivery of solutions. Scrum is one of the more popular variations on the Agile theme, along with Crystal Clear and Extreme Programming. Agile methodologies encourage "democratized" development that improves team collaboration and speeds delivery to customers. They shift in power from project leaders to the teams who are actually designing and building the product. Each team member takes ownership of their piece of the project and is ultimately responsible for its success.

"Agile Scrum is a great results-oriented development model that could work very well for our software customers if they implement it properly," said Laurent Baravaglio, managing director of research, development and services. "We're offering this white paper to sensitize them to the essential balance between giving development teams the independence to manage themselves and the company's need to direct them toward strategic goals."

The white paper is available for download at: http://www.geniusinside.com/whitepapers&Agile&LP
For a video overview of the topic and the paper, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11UFmLGBuMc
For a blog post and podcast explaining the white paper, please visit: http://pmbox.geniusinside.com/information-technology/is-agile-right-for-you-top-5-considerations-when-implementing-agile-methodology

About Genius Inside

Established in 1997, Genius Inside develops project management software that improves project selection, planning, staffing, execution and tracking. More than 60,000 users at 600 customers across the globe use Genius Inside's proven Web- and IBM Lotus Notes-based solutions. They are supported by European and North American offices and a global reseller network.

To learn more about Genius Inside, visit:

On the Web: www.geniusinside.com
PM box Project Management Blog: http://pmbox.geniusinside.com/
On Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/geniusproject