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Agile Project Management and How It Helps Organizations

Agile project management, an approach hinged on the Agile Manifesto (2001), is a repetitious take on product delivery that develops incrementally from start to end, instead of attempting to deliver the complete product at a single time. It works by separating projects down into smaller units of user functionality, assigning them high priority, and then delivering them regularly in 2-4 week cycles termed iterations or sprints.

Teams function in fast cycles designed for ongoing improvement to create no less than what the users want. Work goals are set by the team prior to the start of each cycle. The team reaches out to the customer directly if they have any questions or concerns regarding the function. 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.

At the end of the iteration, customers will measure the performance. Any lessons learned in each iteration are recorded and used for future 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. As well, it can help bring the deeper Agile concepts to fore, and clear up the differences among the implementation methods.

Typically, when organizations discuss issues with “Agile,” they are discussing difficulties with executing Agile methodologies. 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.

Benefits of Agile Methodologies

Superior Product Quality

Continuous testing to make sure that the product works during the development Determining and expounding on requirements in a timely manner Continuing integration and everyday testing as part of the development process Sprint retrospectives to enhance processes and work on a continuing basis Software development in small but quick cycles

More Customer Satisfaction

Presenting customers with the product’s working features Delivering products for faster and more frequent marketing Keeping customers interested and engaged

Stronger Project Control

Everyday Sprint meetings Transparency using information radiators

Lower Risks

Development in sprints Freedom to effect new changes Adapting to the wants and needs of client

Quicker ROI

Focus on business value, enabling the client to set the priority of features A ready-to-use and ready-to-market product after some iterations Fast product releases and ability to estimate customer reaction

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