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Agile and Visibility for the Sponsor

Funding for every project comes out somebody's budget!

One of the twelve principles supporting agile manifesto is:

Build projects around motivated individuals.
Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

But, in a real life organization setup just trusting the team to get the job done may not be sufficient.

Funding for every project comes out  somebody's budget! He is the sponsor.

The budget would have been allocated keeping some end result in mind. The consequence of not delivering the end result in minor hiccups or it can be a major catastrophe.

Either case the sponsor would want to know – want to get a feel of how the project is progressing. At any point of time he would want to be aware of the progress and the chances of failure or slippage.

Typically there will be many downstream activities and event linked to the successful completion. Advance notice of any possible problem is very important.

Unfortunately agile practices are silent about “Senior management visibility” and “Risk management”.

This is one area where CMMi can help. The are several process area which provide guideline of how to achieve this:

  • Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) at Level 2
  • Integrated Project Management (IPM) at Level 3
  • Risk Management (RSKM) at Level 3

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Udayan Banerjee is CTO at NIIT Technologies Ltd, an IT industry veteran with more than 30 years' experience. He blogs at http://setandbma.wordpress.com.
The blog focuses on emerging technologies like cloud computing, mobile computing, social media aka web 2.0 etc. It also contains stuff about agile methodology and trends in architecture. It is a world view seen through the lens of a software service provider based out of Bangalore and serving clients across the world. The focus is mostly on...

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