Agile PM Processes Grid–The Initiating Process Group and the Team Performance Knowledge Area


In the book “PMI-ACP Exam Prep PLUS Desk Reference”, John Stenbeck created an Agile PM Processes Grid, which has 87 Agile PM Processes divided up between the 5 process groups and 7 knowledge areas.   The 5 process groups are equivalent to the 5 process groups in traditional PM:

  1. Initiate
  2. Plan
  3. Iterate (rather than Execute)
  4. Control
  5. Close

The 7 knowledge areas are a little more complicated, because there is not a clear one-to-one mapping between the knowledge areas of agile PM and the 10 knowledge areas of traditional PM.   Here’s my attempt to correlate the two:

TRADITIONAL AGILE
Integration (various knowledge areas)
Scope Value-Driven Delivery
Time Adaptive Planning
Cost Adaptive Planning
Quality Value-Driven Delivery,

Continuous Improvement

Human Resources Team Performance
Communications Communication
Risk Risk Management
Procurements N/A
Stakeholders External Stakeholders Engagement

You can see it’s not a neat, one-to-one mapping as with the process groups, mainly for the reason that there are 10 knowledge areas in Traditional PM and 7 knowledge areas in Agile PM.

Let’s take the Agile knowledge areas as they appear in the original order and discuss how they correlate.

  1. External Stakeholders Engagement–this obviously correlates with Stakeholder Management in Traditional PM, but notice that it is the first knowledge area rather than the last one as in Traditional PM, which shows the priority that Agile places on feedback to and from the customer throughout the entire set of Agile Processes
  2. Value-Driven Delivery–This covers Scope Management in traditional PM.  In that quality is considered creating a product whose technical characteristics fulfill the functional requirements gathered from the customer, this covers the quality control portion of the Quality Management knowledge area in Traditional PM
  3. Adaptive Planning–This covers the Time and Cost Management knowledge areas in Traditional PM
  4. Team Performance–This covers the Human Resources Management knowledge area in Traditional PM
  5. Risk Management—This covers the Risk Management knowledge area in Traditional PM
  6. Communication–This covers the Communication Management knowledge area in Traditional PM
  7. Continuous Improvement–This covers the quality assurance portion of the Quality Management knowledge area in Traditional PM, rather than the quality control portion which falls more under Value-Driven Delivery knowledge area in the Agile PM Processes Grid.

One additional comparison needs to be made, and that is the difference between the Agile PM Processes Grid and the domains listed by PMI that are covered by its PMI-ACP exam.   This comparison is below.

AGILE KNOWLEDGE AREAS PMI-ACP DOMAINS
1. Agile Principles and Mindset
2. Value-Driven Delivery 2. Value-Driven Delivery
1. External Stakeholders Engagement 3. Stakeholder Engagement
4. Team Performance 4. Team Performance
3. Adaptive Planning 5. Adaptive Planning
5. Risk Management 6. Problem Detection and Resolution
7. Continuous Improvement 7. Continuous Improvement
6.  Communication (included in 4, 5)

What I’ve done in the past two months of posts is go through the grid one block at a time, starting with the first process group in the grid vertically called “Initiate”, and going down horizontally through each of the 7 knowledge areas.   That’s a total then of 87 processes spread across 7 x 5 = 35 different blocks.  I’ve completed the “External Stakeholders Engagement”, “Value-Driven Delivery”, and the “Adaptive Planning” knowledge areas for the first process group, and in the next couple of posts I move on to the fourth block, the knowledge area “Team Performance”, which covers the same area as “Human Resources Management” in traditional project management.

Here are the three processes in this fourth block covering “Team Performance”:

  1. Coach Recruiting
  2. Servant/Adaptive Leadership
  3. Emotional Intelligence
The next post will cover the first of these three processes, Coach Recruiting.
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