Anyone following the news knows that, by now, we’re in the middle of a global economic downturn. In the U.S.A, the new President and his team are working feverishly to come up with solutions to jumpstart the U.S economy.

Meanwhile, in business, we’re all focused on managing our costs very closely.  Can Agile methods help in cutting costs – operational or otherwise?  While we all get focused on cost cutting, can Agile also help with not throwing out the baby with the bathwater?  Meaning, is there any way to continue to deliver customer value and maintain product innovation while also managing costs?
The answer is yes.  Agile methods, used in conjunction Lean process improvement can help manage costs without
Here are some links to discussion on the subject:
1. Ryan Maartens discusses IT agility in the current economic recession in his Blog, Lean economic times call for Lean, agile development.
2. PMI’s PM Network magazine published an article titled “The Incredible Shrinking Team.”  [Full disclosure — I was interviewed for this article.]

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