Agile Project Management is a set of strategies, processes and tools to help managers achieve Business Success through efficient project delivery. Traditional project management styles focus on five main steps: planning, implementation, monitoring, control and completion. Agile project management, on the other hand, is a completely different approach to project development. With the agile approach, there may well be more than five phases involved, but that does not mean that the project will take less time. Here I will highlight some of the key Agile Project Management concepts and describe how they can help your business.
Traditional project management methods are designed around the concept of the waterfall approach, where everything needs to be done in a sequential order. Agile differs slightly; it focuses on the principle of" iterations" over time as opposed to "steps". The iterative approach allows for very rapid feedback cycles and therefore delivers quicker results than the traditional model. Agile project managers will strive to deliver quality et, which in turn increases their customer satisfaction and builds better ties with their customers.
Agile project managers will have their team's work in teams. They will enable innovation by encouraging members to collaborate closely on small projects until the solution is complete. Working in teams enables individuals to quickly identify problems or issues and get to the root of them. Each individual in a team has an important role to play within the team and this is one of the main benefits of the Agile project management methodology. Agile allows teams to work together in a more efficient manner. The Agile project manager will focus on the activities of each team member and not the overall goal of completing the project.
Agile differs from traditional methods in that the primary method for software engineering is waterfall. The Agile project manager will apply the waterfall method to the software development process, however, every phase will be reviewed and tweaked based upon feedback from the teams. In the Agile method, this cycle does not exist, however, there are some exceptions to the rule. For example, the iterative concepts of waterfall and agile can be combined in some cases.
There are four key values that an Agile Project Management Program upholds: transparency, risk, participation and responsibility. Transparency is vital for the success of Agile because if the project does not proceed in an efficient or timely manner, this can result in significant backlash against the developer. In a traditional project management methodology, the entire team may not be aware of every step in the process and as a result, communication channels are limited and can lead to unwanted situations such as "on the job training" where the wrong information is provided to a certain individual.
However, in Agile projects, the developers need to be aware of every step so that they can communicate with each other about changes that have been made. The Agile project management philosophy does not place limitations on what should be discussed in meetings, just that everybody needs to understand what is taking place. Transparency is related to risk because the developers need to know what methods, processes, code, specifications, etc.
The Agile Manifesto, also referred to as the Agile Scrum Methodology, was first published in 2001 by the software giant Agile Learning and Development. This manifesto includes twelve principles which relate to the development cycle of Agile projects. These include the principle of having "a well-defined, defined, and testable product as a starting point; and, continuous improvement of that product through its completion." Another principle states, "Changes in the scope of work are better understood when they are part of the design of work in progress rather than as separate stages." A further principle states that the "model and methodology should guide the development rather than define the end state."
The Agile Manifesto is continuously being revised based on its success in helping software companies meet their product quality goals and objectives. There are two main ways that these Agile Project Management methods can be applied in the software development cycle: using manual processes or using self-organizing teams. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. The use of manual processes can speed up the Agile process and can be more efficient than some self-organizing teams. However, teams may not be as efficient if they are not self-organized in nature.