24.3 How suitability is assessed (the Agilometer)
It is the project manager’s role to facilitate the agile assessment, as this will affect how the project is managed.
In order to tailor PRINCE2 in the best way possible it is important to assess the context that a project exists in with regard to the environment and the working relationships. To achieve this PRINCE2 Agile has an assessment tool called the Agilometer (see Figure 24.1) to answer the question of ‘How agile can we be on this project?’
The Agilometer looks at six key areas, and the project manager is responsible for canvassing the key stakeholders involved in the project as to what values to give each category. Each category is represented on the figure by a slider. Each slider is described in more detail in section 24.7.
When using the Agilometer it is important to see it as a guide to help you make an informed decision. The Agilometer itself does not make a decision or offer any recommendations. Further to this it is important to see each slider in isolation and not to create an average score across all areas.
The Agilometer shows where there are risk areas with using agile. It also shows the opposite: i.e. where there are benefits with using agile
An example of using the Agilometer correctly would be a response such as ‘The collaboration slider is quite low: what can we do to improve it?’
An example of how to use it incorrectly would be the statement ‘The average score across all of the sliders is 3.9, so the context is favourable to the agile way of working.’
The Agilometer illustrates areas that are favourable or may present risks. Averaging out the sliders can obscure this information.