Planning a project is something that I have always enjoyed. I relish in the early planning stages when the possibilities are endless and the optimism for a successful end-result is high but taking on projects in the library world has often left me dissatisfied. We all know the saying, “Death by Committee.” There have been many times that I have done a ton of work upfront researching an idea only for the project to stall during the process of implementation, sometimes due to ineffective planning meetings, or the idea is struck down at the administrative level because success is uncertain. When I discovered the Agile Methodology, I quickly realized that this approach to project management is a natural fit for many projects that we take on in libraries. In contrast to more traditional project management methodologies, Agile puts the emphasis on consistent collaboration, evaluation, and iteration throughout the project lifecycle to increase the possibility of a successful deliverable. In other words, failure and assessment are built into the process so the pressure is off to predict results upfront. On Thursday, August 18th at 10:00 AM,
I will be presenting “Collaboration, Evaluation, and Iteration: The Agile Approach to Project Management”, where we will discuss Agile Project Management and the benefits of utilizing and adapting this methodology when embarking on a new library project, big or small. If you are interested in attending, please visit the event page
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