Agile Project Management it’s the bomb!!
There are many aspects that make Agile methodologies the way to go if we want to have a successful project and a happy customer but is not an easy task to decide which methodology will make your project and team successful. In the next paragraphs, I will share some of my experience taken from the 9+ years as a project manager currently using Agile models.
Every time we talk about any Agile methodology, it doesn´t matter if we are talking about Scrum, XP , Kanban or any other Agile framework the first couple of things that come into our minds are continuous improvement, maintaining focus on rapid delivery of business value and constant adaptation, change, change, change…but that is only the beginning! There are many aspects that make Agile methodologies the way to go if we want to have a successful project and a happy customer
Agile Management seeks to deliver visibility, trying to promote adaptability and always delivering business value at the beginning of the process and all of these resulting on reducing risks during the project.
Agile address customer’s needs, since the early stages of the project, customers are actively involved and then throughout the project, they are always informed and participating. Agile teams work very well with visibility and transparency.
One of the coolest aspects Agile has to offer is as simple as 2 things: Continuous Planning and Adaptation, that, I think is the key to delivering a successful project. Iterative planning makes it very easy to adapt when some requirements change, to be able to accept changes at any stage of the project allows everybody involved to be looking for the best possible solution all the time.
But let me get to the point and talk about the 3 main points that make Agile management the coolest kind of management ever!!!
- Always deliver High Quality
Working on the definition of user stories as requirements becomes clearer, allows the team to deliver software that is actually needed and its possible to develop at that moment.
Testing becomes part of the daily development activities, in case of any issues found they can be addressed quickly while everything is still fresh for the development team.
Having Retrospective meetings at the end of every sprint, allows the team to continuously improve process and deliverables
Taking advantage of automated testing tools helps to assure high-quality software is always delivered
- Project Control= fewer risks
Being always transparent and providing visibility to everybody involved makes the path to success easier.
Every Sprint ceremony is aimed to have continuous communication, everybody knows what everybody is doing.
There are many different kinds of software to provide follow up to issues, tasks and many other projects KPIs, my favorite is Jira, using Jira has allow my team to know where we stand, what is part of the future backlog, what projects or tasks have priority and overall have a clear vision of important metrics.
Developing work in sprints gives the freedom to make changes when needed at a little cost, it will also ensure that the product approach is adequate and that the client gets what he considers priority.
- Customer satisfaction
Having the customer be actively involved since the early stages of the projects is always a great idea. The development of the project will be done side by side with the customer, keeping communication and giving the constant status of the project is crucial and it allows us to check if the direction of the project is correct or if there is a change in direction needed. Having this close work relationship with the client will impact the project positively. The ROI is visible at the early stages of the project when we are using Agile methodologies since all delivery is done in iterations usually about every 2 weeks and the customer can actually see a working piece of software at the end of each sprint and that defensively will result in a happy customer.
Agile is all about open communication, about sharing every possible KPI that will help the team know where we stand and what the direction will be. In my experience open communication= happy customer and successful projects.
Definitely there are many more aspects that make Agile the way to go for software development, but I just wanted to share the top 3 that have worked for me and my team.