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Agile Project Management and How It Helps Organizations

Agile project management, an approach developed from the 2001 Agile Manifesto, is a repetitive approach to product delivery that builds increasingly from the beginning of the project, rather than trying to deliver the whole product at once toward the end. It works by breaking up projects into tiny pieces of user functionality, treating them as priority, and then delivering them in 2-4 week cycles referred to as iterations or sprints.

Teams work in short cycles aimed at nonstop improvement to develop strictly what the users want. Work goals are set by the team prior to the start of each cycle. For questions about the function, the team communicates directly with the customer. The Product Owner examines the customer’s priorities and forwards these to the team, which will then start working on the said items with the highest priority. The team makes an estimate of how long the work will take in an iteration, together with how the work must be performed.

The customers then measure the performance as the iteration ends. The lessons learned in every iteration are taken note of and applied in succeeding iterations.

The Edge Provided by Agile Principles and Agile Methodology

Agile training is a great way to bring the organization and team on the same page with Agile foundations and associated implementation approaches. Agile training can fix a variety of misconceptions regarding the operations of Agile. It can help explain underlying Agile concepts too and explain how the various implementation methods differ from one another.

In most cases, when organizations bring up problems with “Agile,” they are speaking about the challenges that come with the execution of Agile methodology. Fixing some of these problems can come easier by having every team member (technical and business) attend common training, preferably in a single class. The entire team must get the same message and learn the same concepts, and implementation tactics, thereby creating a uniform language and perspective. Such shared understanding is critical to preventing conflicts in the future.

Agile Methodology Benefits

Excellent Product Quality

Constant testing to ensure proper functioning of the product during the development Determining and expounding on requirements in a timely manner Development process to include recurring integration and day-to-day testing Sprint retrospectives to keep improving work and processes Software development in fast, incremental cycles

Greater Higher Customer Satisfaction

Showing working functionalities of the product to customers Delivering products to market faster and more frequently with each release Holding customers’ interest

More Project Control

Sprint meetings daily Transparency with the use of information radiators

Lower Risks

Sprint-based development Freedom to effect new changes Adapting to the client’s needs and preferences

Faster ROI

Focusing on business value and allowing the client to decide on prioritization of features A useful, ready-to-market product following a few iterations Fast product releases and ability to estimate customer reaction

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