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Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:44 pm
by OscarG
As I am reading more and more about Agile, I see a lot of references regarding the agile triangle. What is it and does it really help in planning projects in an agile manner?

Re: Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:50 pm
by BillRotando
I am no agile expert (I actually am not a firm believer), but in quickly googling it, here is what I came up with. I hope that's what you were looking for.
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Re: Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:55 pm
by OscarG
Ah, I see. Thanks Bill for the quick response.

Re: Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:07 am
by TommyD
Bill, although I think what you posted is a good visual of the Agile process, I think when people talk about the agile triangle they are usually referring to something like this, below, I think.
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Re: Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:39 am
by FrankS
TommyD, I believe you are right. That's what is usually meant by the Agile triangle. It's used to demonstrate the difference between the "old" style of project management and the new Agile style.

Re: Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:43 am
by BillRotando
TommyD wrote:Bill, although I think what you posted is a good visual of the Agile process, I think when people talk about the agile triangle they are usually referring to something like this, below, I think.
That's why I started by saying I am no expert :-) However, I'm glad you though that what I posted was also useful ;-)

Re: Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:47 am
by OscarG
Thanks. I see the three areas that are being addressed by the triangle's points and it makes sense, but how/why is it always being used to demonstrate the differences between Waterfall and Agile? That's the part I'm having a hard time figuring out.

Re: Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:18 am
by Paris K.
There are many versions of the "triangle" that people use. Traditional plan-driven projects are based on the triangle of Time, Cost and Quality. All requirements have to be accounted for in the requirement phase and then the project is planned around the expected features to be delivered when the project is completed. The features are the first ones to be fixed, afterwards an estimation of time and costs for delivering those features is obtained. In the Agile framework, on the other hand, the goal is to fix time and cost and manage a variable scope. This in turn results in the ability to meet deadlines both in the short and long term. Approaching a project this way makes easier to focus on features that add business value and to avoid building features that may never, or rarely be used. Like Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist, observed in 1906, 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. He also observed that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained 80% of the all peas. So he came to formulate his principle, "Pareto's Principle", observable in business, i.e., that “80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients”. By extension, 80% of the customers use only 20% of the features of a product. Consistent with that, it would be great if you could avoid building features that will never be used and instead concentrate on those that will be used and therefore add value to your project.

The traditional triangle of Time, Cost and Quality is inverted in the Agile framework to visually denote the process of fixing the cost and managing the scope.

Here is one rendition of this triangle inversion.
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Re: Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:41 pm
by AaronRT
Pretty good explanation Paris K.

There are many versions of flipping the iron triangle in the Agile process. Here is another one, for additional info.
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Re: Agile Triangle, what is it?

Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:24 am
by Chris.Sculler
And, here is one more visual of the iron triangle in Waterfall and Agile projects.
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