The third principle behind the Agile manifesto

The third principle of the Agile manifesto states

Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.

Let us suppose you are the project manager for a project that is managed using traditional project management methods. Further, just suppose that the project is going through a particularly difficult phase where the tasks in the critical chain are beset by several issues that are stretching the plan. How would you see through this phase so that the plan is back on track? During 2007 I was part of a project that was similarly beset with a huge defect backlog. This was hampering new feature development and schedules were generally getting delayed. We were not using any Agile method to manage it, a sequential waterfall-like approach it was. The PM immediately swung into action and set up a plan to get things back in control. It was called Operation Arnold and terminating bugs was its mission! Continue reading