For the first time in their careers, many people have been thrust into a situation where they must learn how to rapidly change the way they work in response to a worldwide crisis. Organizations are trying to figure out how they can still execute on complex projects requiring cross-functional teams when the entire workforce is working remotely and the future still holds an incredible amount of uncertainty.
While there are many avenues for navigating these challenges, organizations should consider adopting some principles from the Agile methodology of project management. According to Project Management Institute President and CEO Sunil Prashara, “Agile is particularly useful in situations where there are many unknowns or where project specs change frequently.” He recommends companies “double down on Agile” during this time because this method is well-suited to rapidly changing times of uncertainty.
Adopting an entirely new way of working might not be realistic for you and your organization right now, but you don’t have to change everything to get the benefits of Agile. By implementing just a few Agile principles, you can overcome the challenges posed by remote working and uncertainty to get your projects back on track to completion.