Do you remember the ABC Wide World of Sports commercials of the 1970s that showed us “the thrill of victory…and the agony of defeat…the human drama of athletic competition”? Jim McKay’s voice aptly narrating 30-second commercials that highlighted some of them most beautiful and awful moments in sports. I think today’s version of this commercial can be applied to technology projects; the thrill of a successful software implementation where the whole company felt the transformation of a powerful solution or the defeat of a poorly implemented, expensive software product that still sits on the shelf unused.

All of us have been involved in a technology project at some point in our careers. Whether it’s a system upgrade, a conversion from one product to another, or the implementation of a new software application, we’ve felt the excitement of the possibilities of a new product and the disappointment of a product that doesn’t do what we want. Flash back through your technology past, and I’m sure you’ll see your version of “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” What differentiated the successful projects from the failures, and how can you learn from your past to stay on the winning path in future projects?

Information Technology (IT) professionals have moved to a new project management method to help business projects roll out smoothly. Agile methodology of project development was created to keep IT and the business aligned during the life of a project. It addresses the need to quickly adjust to changing business needs and requests. Project development no longer happens behind the magic curtain. Instead IT and the business collaborate, communicate, and coordinate to implement a product as quickly and effectively as possible. This collaboration starts on day one of the project and continues throughout.

The advantages of Agile development include:

I recommend you talk with your IT leader about Agile project delivery. Is the IT department already using Agile? Has your business embraced it in partnership with IT? Will Agile help your organization develop products that enhance your customer and employee experience faster and more effectively?

Using Agile methodology for project management will build a closer bond between IT and the business. Your employees will help develop the right solutions at the right time that can scale as your business grows. And most importantly, when embraced by the business and IT for your projects, Agile will help you experience the thrill of victory rather than the agony of defeat.