Can a lean, agile development environment really work well alongside the structure and constraints of a project management operation? There often exists a tension between these two groups that Rick Freedman, a technology blogger, described in a recent blog post. Freedman wrote, “Many firms have committed so completely to PMBOK process flows and CMM best practices that many of the core concepts of agile development [...] seem like heresy. In fact, I’ve had people in my agile project management classes tell me that their perception of agile is that the key message is 'everything you know about project management is wrong.'”

Despite the challenges, bridging the gap between these two very important groups can actually help companies to manage resources and prioritize projects much more effectively. Here are some of the reasons why each group is necessary, as well as tips on how to keep both happy while leveraging the strengths of each.

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