• Josh ZapinJosh Zapin
  • Date:  November 9, 2023
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Decoding AI Project Management: My Take on Agile’s Next Leap

Diving into the Toptal® article Agile’s Next Frontier: A Guide to Navigating the AI Project Life Cycle, it’s like stepping into a whole new ball game compared to the Agile web development practices we’re used to. Agile’s got its rhythm – you plan, you build, you review, you release, and you do it all over again, sprint by sprint. It’s a well-oiled machine for web development.

But with AI, it’s not just about building features; it’s about teaching a system to think, and that’s a different beast. You’re not just managing tasks but also guiding a continuous learning process. The product backlog is driven by data quality and availability rather than just feature requests and bug fixes. And when it comes to the ‘definition of done,’ well, that stretches to include not just whether something works but how well it’s learning – think model accuracy and ethical considerations, like bias.

The article really hammers home that while Agile methods lay a great foundation, AI project management is a dance that requires some new moves. It’s about staying light on your feet, being ready to pivot with the data, and sometimes, it’s about the patience to let the algorithms learn and improve over time, which is a stark contrast to the rapid delivery we chase in web development.

So, in the world of AI, project managers need to be a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, blending the structured with the experimental. It’s a cool, exciting challenge, and if you ask me, it’s a sign that our field is getting some fresh, exciting layers that are going to keep us on our toes.



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