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The Project Management Answer Book, 2nd Edition by Jeff Furman

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CHAPTER 14Scrum Agile: The New Wave in Project Management

Agile isn’t just about speed. Our new puppy, Mavis, can gallop the length of our hardwood floor, jump up on our bed, and course-correct in mid-air to avoid landing on my MacBook. She’s a fast runner, but it’s her agility that helps her respond to surprises.

Speed and a change-friendly mindset are probably the two biggest differentiators of agile methodology over the traditional waterfall approach. Agile environments are faster in many ways, as explored in this chapter. But the goal isn’t just speed—it’s higher quality. Agile’s fast delivery allows customers to weigh in early and often on the product. This collaboration brings results that the customer is more likely to be happy with. ...

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