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Adaptive project management is a structured and systematic process that allows you to gradually improve your decisions and practices, by learning from outcomes of the decisions that you took at previous stages in the project. As the name suggests, project management process changes and adapts to the needs of the organization, ultimately boosting business value.
Adaptive Project Framework (APF) has a number of variations, with adjusting scope at each iteration. Robert K. Wysocki, the author of Adaptive Project Framework, says that APF is more like creating a recipe than following one. He also explains that project managers are in charge of the approach, meaning they need to understand the situation and adapt their approach and techniques.
Main characteristics of Adaptive Framework are:
Why do we need Adaptive project management?Traditional projects have a clear structure and a static strategy where project managers distribute tasks and keep the entire team under control. But the fast-paced technological advancements and ever-increasing demands of today’s market have changed project management in three key areas:
Wysocki uses the analogy of a chef and a cook to explain the difference between the traditional and the adaptive project management: while a cook follows a recipe to the letter, a chef doesn’t only have the knowledge and experience to create a recipe but also the ability to improvise if something unexpected happens.
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