Agile development – does it work outside of software development?

Agile Manifesto reads, in its entirety, as follows:[1]

We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

I was researching productivity tools today and found myself once again in the Google Apps Marketplace. That’s because I’m living the Google Lifestyle and work extensively in Google apps all day long (and usually nights and weekends as well).

On page two in the project management category of the Google Apps Marketplace I found a company with a tool called Pivotal Tracker. My interest in the tool itself was because of the foundation Pivotal uses in Agile Development, an area of interest for my own web design and marketing work and project management in general.

Pivotal Tracker might use too many software development references for general business use but I’m not sure it would be that hard to adapt. A 60 day trial might be worth the time investment but I’ll leave that up to you. I’m not sure yet. When you look at the framework of agile development from the 2001 Agile Development Manifesto there’s a whole lot right with the approach…


Via Wikipedia