I had dinner last night with 3 people who worked in different digital agencies, each of us realised we had slightly different versions of project management at our agencies – from Agile(ish) to standard waterfall. We saw the pro’s and con’s of both and how each process could apply to different projects and clients differently.
Although, being the one who had experienced Agile (ish) I could relate to both, much more easily than they could. I realised that we do have a broad Waterfall approach to project management but in the early and late stages of the project a more Agile approach is used, which rapidly speeds up the project development.
I happened to stumble upon this Ted Talk this morning, which illustrates some really interesting principles and how they effect team success. You may have heard of the concept of the Marshmallow Challenge.
Some of the things I got out of it were…
- Having 1 plan with no trial & error was less successful
- Mixed skilled teams were more likely to succeed
- Kindergarten children naturally use Agile approach
- Kindergarten children were on average, nearly the most successful