I work with many Agile subject matter experts, and we discuss how Agile project management is a very interesting space to be in at this time. There is much misinformation around Agile project management.

One of my students in one of my classes was referring to an Agile methodology, and she accidentally used the term ‘Agile Mythology’. When I saw this term it made me laugh, as there IS much Agile mythology… so much so that I thought it would be great to share about it here!

What are some of the biggest Agile myths? This is a list that I’ve compiled from my experience and experience of my colleagues with subject matter expertise in Agile project management…

Here is my top 10 list of Agile myths…

  1. Agile has No Structure 
  2. Agile is Better! (Traditional project management is no longer needed, now that we have Agile!)
  3. Agile is Faster! (We don’t have time for project management, so we use Agile!)
  4. Agile has No focus on Quality. (With Agile you get what you get…)
  5. No requirements are needed for Agile (Agile doesn’t need requirements, that’s what agility is about… right?)
  6. Daily Stand-up & Solutions (The Daily Standup is for problem solving…)
  7. No Long-Term Planning (We don’t need to plan; we are doing Agile…)
  8. In Agile there is No end to development… (You’re never really done…)
  9. Agile has No Documentation.
  10. Agile has No Planning

This certainly isn’t a full list of Agile myths, so I invite you to contact me at sparente@pmoadvisory.com? and share any Agile myth that you see prevalent.

Also, if you’re interested in learning more about Agile training and certification, please join me for my next PMI-ACP Prep course which I will be teaching online!  Yes, this course has the benefits of an in-class course; however, you may attend from your office or from your home! I am there live to ask questions to, as you learn about Agile project management to pass your PMI ACP certification exam!

Thank you and I hope to see you in one of my future courses!



Susan Parente is an instructor at PMO Advisory, an Associate Professor at Post University, Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University, and a Lecturer at University of Virginia. She is an author, mentor and teacher focused on risk management, traditional and Agile project management. Her experience is augmented by her Masters in Engineering Management with a focus in Marketing of Technology from George Washington University, DC, along with a number of professional certifications. Ms. Parente has 18+ years’ experience leading software and business development projects in the private and public sectors, including a decade of experience implementing IT projects for the DoD.