Managing Risk with Agile

By Nathan Donaldson in Agile on October 02, 2013

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When I talk to CIOs, CTOs and CEOs in Government in New Zealand, I hear the same things repeated over and over. Agile is too risky, our project is too important to fail, Agile lacks X, Agile is a fad. All of these comments point to one thing: there is a lack of understanding that Agile is a pragmatic way to reduce project risk and increase our chances of delivering successful projects.

So, to address this I have begun writing a book. The working title is: Managing Project Risk with Agile.

I have completed the first chapter (an introduction) and have packaged it up as a free white-paper. This white-paper was very kindly reviewed by a group of Agilists in Government who I respect and trust. Thanks guys and gals. Based on their feedback I have revised and released the first chapter. The feedback will guide the work of the further chapters. To get a copy of the Managing Project Risk with Agile white-paper, email [email protected].

You can also read chapters on my blog:

The book will be published on and you can follow its progress. My intention is to use feedback from the community to shape and mold the book so it is as useful as possible. I’d be very interested to receive further comment from the wider community on what I’ve published so far.

So please join me on this journey!


To get an online version of the book, check out my blog post series:

Project risk management with Agile