Agile Project Management Process Grid–Putting Order to the 87 Agile PM Processes


The Agile Project Management Processes GridTM is a grid of matrix that contains the 87 Agile Project Management Processes that are delineated in John Stenbeck’s book “PMI-ACP® and Certified Scrum Alliance Professional Exam Prep and Desk Reference”, a book which simultaneously prepares you for two certification exams, the PMI-ACP® and the Certified Scrum Alliance Professional Exam.

The Agile Project Management Processes GridTM is organized by columns that represent the five agile process groups.   These five agile PM process groups are listed below, with the traditional PM group equivalents listed in parentheses immediately afterwards:

  1. Initiate (initiating)
  2. Plan (Planning)
  3. Iterate (Executing)
  4. Control (Monitoring & Controlling)
  5. Close (Closing)

The rows of the Agile Project Management Processes GridTM, on the other hand, represent the seven agile PM knowledge areas, which are listed below, followed in parentheses by my interpretation of which knowledge area (or areas) they correspond to most closely in the traditional PM processes as set forth by PMI.

  1. External Stakeholders Engagement (Stakeholder)
  2. Value-Driven Delivery (Scope, Quality)
  3. Adaptive Planning (Time, Cost)
  4. Team Performance (Human Resources)
  5. Risk Management (Risk)
  6. Communication (Communication)
  7. Continuous Improvement (Quality)

The very first “block” of processes are those in both the first process group, the Initiating Process Group, and the first knowledge area, External Stakeholders Engagement,   This block contains four processes, namely,

Processes in the Initiate Process Group, External Stakeholders Engagement

  1. Process 1.1–Stakeholders Identification
  2. Process 1.2–Vision Statement
  3. Process 1.3–Project Data Sheet
  4. Process 1.4–Active Listening

If you look at p. 48 of John Stenbeck’s book, you’ll see these four processes listed in the upper left-hand corner of the grid.   However, you won’t see the process numbers–I added those for the purpose of this blog because it helps me to order them when I try to memorize them and reproduce them on a sheet of paper from memory.    PMI puts explicit numbers on its traditional PM processes starting with 4.1, because the first knowledge area of Integration Management is covered in chapter 4 of the PMBOK Guide®.    Since PMI is not the one creating the Agile Project Management Processes GridTM, but are being added as my own personal memory device, I decided to label the first Agile PM process 1.1, since it is the process that is listed as the first process listed in the first knowledge area (the 1 before the decimal point refers to the ordinal number of the first knowledge area, and the 1 after the decimal point refers to the ordinal number of the process within that knowledge area).

So the 87 processes are distributed like this

  1. External Stakeholders Engagement (Processes 1.1-1.10)
  2. Value-Driven Delivery (Processes 2.1-2.14)
  3. Adaptive Planning (Processes 3.1-3.20)
  4. Team Performance (Processes 4.1-4.13)
  5. Risk Management (Processes 5.1-5.13)
  6. Communication (Processes 6.1-6.10)
  7. Continuous Improvement (Processes 7.1-7.7)

Okay, with all of that naming convention out of the way, let me start the next post with Process 1.1–Stakeholders Identification

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