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An Introduction to Agile Project Management

An Introduction to Agile Project Management

 

IT managers from around the world are under immense pressure to create applications and software that address the needs of their end-users. When IT enterprises are unable to keep up with the pace of change of the next-gen business, they are forced to close up shop.

In the past, these enterprises used to work with a traditional approach – the “Waterfall” methodology. But this approach not even once involved the customer in the process, proving to be an inadequate process for software development.

Then, Agile Project Management was born.

 

How it all began

The Waterfall method was based on the idea that the customer already knows his or her requirements up front. It was a sequential approach where you would commit to all of the requirements from the beginning, create complex systems, write the code, and then continue to testing. Over time, software developers had issues using this approach as it fails to deliver the real needs of their consumers.

The inadequacies of the Waterfall approach gave way to the creation of Agile Project Management. In the early 2000s, a group of project practitioners created the Agile Manifesto that defines values and guiding principles to improve the project management of software development. Agile Project Management is a group of inter-related behaviours that aims to deliver the right software as early and as frequently as possible. But while Agile Project Management was rooted in software development, it has proven to be useful in various fields as well. It is about governance and control needed to deliver complex projects that go beyond just software.

 

Why businesses need Agile

The proper management of every opportunity in this new age of information revolution can set any enterprise apart. The changes in today’s environment represents new opportunities for your business and if you don’t act fast, you’ll miss the chance to take your business to the next level.

Agile Project Management makes sure there are no missed opportunities for your company. Agile is focused on collaboration and it allows enterprises to be responsive to the changing business landscape. When you successfully manage change, you will be able to deliver exactly what the customer wants.

Transforming your entire business service operations to Agile is no easy task but when the Agile philosophy is implemented in your organization, you can reap immense benefits for your company. Agile Project Management ensures you’ll have constant delivery of real value, higher customer satisfaction, greater visibility, predictability, transparency, earlier revenue generation, and access to more data, among others.

The Scrum Framework

There are a number of other methodologies under the Agile umbrella. There’s XP, Dynamic Systems Development Method, Lean, Adaptive Software Development, Scrum, and more. These methodologies all have something in common. They encourage quick feedback from the customer and they have short iterative lifecycles. Among all of these methodologies, however, Scrum is the most widely adapted in the last decade.

Scrum has been used to manage complex product development since the early 90s. It is not in itself a process to build products. Rather, it is a framework that allows you to incorporate other processes and techniques. 

There are certain roles required to implement the Scrum Framework. You’ll need a Scrum Master, a Product Owner, and the Development Team. The Scrum Master oversees the whole process. He/She makes sure that the steps are being followed to protect the development team from any disruption. The Product Owner represents the stakeholders and the business and the Development Team is composed of cross-functional members who design, implement, analyze, and test the product.

Scrum is all about collaboration. Unlike the Waterfall method that identifies all of the requirements at once and creates a huge code that directly proceeds to testing, Scrum organizes the team to work daily on short “sprints” of tasks to create small chunks of code which will then be tested and showed to the customer. Using these short sprints, your product is showcased to the customer in an iterative manner making the completion of a project faster and easier.

Scrum is a widely-recognized framework for software development and it is efficient in creating optimum value in quick turnaround time. Because of the daily scrums, any issues or setbacks are immediately analyzed and resolved. Furthermore, it helps the team prioritize their tasks and it makes close monitoring of the progress of the project easier. 

 

Isn't it time your business went Agile?

Agile is the next-generation methodology that addresses the growing needs of every industry in this age of technology. The flexible and fast approach of Agile in delivering projects has helped thousands of businesses worldwide and it’s time your company adopts its principles too. If you’re looking into transitioning to Agile Project Management without any hiccups, you can schedule your free consultation with April9 today.