Agile Project Leaders Redefine IT (Innovative Thinkers).

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Agile is a project management technique designed to be customized to fit the development project at hand. It answers the challenge posed to IT to deliver more in less time and with proven business value. Agile projects follow a formal methodology and process. This article presents a classroom example of how agile represents a natural thought pattern that was born out of necessity to meet the demands that IT faces. We reveal ways to uncover that pattern and integrate it into an agile project-a change in thinking that is fundamental to a successful agile project. This article is not intended as an introductory lesson on the formalities of agile development. Instead, it highlights the behavior patterns that IT struggles with when presented with a discipline that demands creative thinking and acting outside of the box. We do not deny that it takes a strong, agile leader and a commitment from management to embrace the discomfort that comes with breaking down personal barriers, engaging in new ways of thinking, and accepting new methodologies. We emphasize the IT talent pool as a natural place to look for an agile leader because it helps us identify traits often found in successful agile leaders. These traits can be transformed into good, agile management skills by the necessity to deliver a project on time and within budget. We propose that an experienced agile leader can groom this resource to become a valuable corporate asset. For the purpose of this article, we affirm our success with agile project management techniques to successfully implement both business intelligence and data governance projects. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

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  • Valena Hernandez

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