How does it Work?
Like all project management approaches, the Nimble Approach follows a specific system. The most important part of having a successful Nimble Approach team is to ensure that all team members are comfortable with change. The Nimble Approach views the team as being an adaptive system – able to maneuver successfully through any curve ball that may be thrown at the project plan.
Once a team has been constructed, then the project can be constructed according to the nimble approach framework.
First, the team must have a guiding vision. This guiding vision is concrete and realized through words and actions of the team. The team works with the client in order to produce this guiding vision.
Second, teamwork is vital to the Nimble Approach. Teamwork is facilitated through communication and building relationships among team members. It is important for the team members to bond and treat each other as a community. This is to encourage all members of the project management team to come forward with problems and to encourage collaboration. Every day, opportunities are given for the members to become familiar with one another – from potluck lunches through nickname giving.
Third, the team ought to have a set of rules that govern team practices. These are simple rules that can be followed by every team member. Again, this facilitates the feeling of community among members, because everyone uses the same system.
Forth, all information should be open. Place team members adjacent to one another to encourage conversation and collaboration. Managers schedule status meetings daily. The important thing is that everyone is informed and everyone communicates.
Fifth, whereas other project management methods (Six Sigma, for example) require that there be an enormous amount of control, the Nimble Approach requires only as much control as necessary to foster order. This is because nimble project teams see the project as ever-changing, and so they must change with the project.
Finally, the project team must constantly monitor the project and adjust their activities where necessary.