How Modern Pentathlon Is the Same As Agile Project Management?

Things often don’t go as planned — both in sports and project management.

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Modern pentathlon in a nutshell

The modern pentathlon’s concept and rules have continuously changed over time ever since the pentathlon’s initial appearance back in Ancient times during the Olympics.

The agile project management methodology allows us to quickly turn obstacles into advantages on the spot

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Key points of the agile methodology we should have in mind when it comes to project management

In pentathlons, we already know the rules, we are familiar with the tracks, we have a general idea of how things are supposed to go and we have a certain goal — to win the race.

  • agile has a constantly evolving design — both in sports and in business this method allows us to further develop our initial ideas and strategies to make them even more profitable and useful
  • we simply cannot plan upfront perfectly — once we have a goal, there’s no need to run by the numbers all the time; instead, we focus on flexibility
  • we may be failing fast but we are also learning fast — the moment obstacles, issues, and problems emerge is the moment when we immediately get new experiences and lessons
  • agile’s ever-dynamic characteristics of planning on the field help us keep ourselves constantly aware of our surroundings while also always having the big picture in mind

In a nutshell

Agile is just a great tool for projects that require often and sharp turns of events. The good thing is that every company can try out different types of project management in order to find the best solution.



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Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of vipe studio. still running marathons though.