The Agile method for project management provides developer with countless benefits or advantages compared to the most popular alternative, the waterfall technique. Despite producing better outputs compared to other methods of project management, some organisations are still very reluctant to make use of the agile method for a variety of reasons.
In this article, we will explore the key benefits of Agile and why Agile is the one of the best methods to use for project management.
Since the agile framework initially requires your team to define or to document the methods to be used in the very beginning, it will be much easier to spot the specific elements that can be slowing up your process. Agile initially focuses on the concept of “failing quickly” to show the business daily progress and in turn the project team can easily take out these elements to fine tune the project.
A team located in the same workplace can make an empowered decision almost instantly. But whether you’re using physical or virtual agile software for your project such as a Kanban board, when the need arises, it will be easy to gather your scrum team for a sprint session and decide on what to add and what to remove in your highly transparent board.
Since the work flow and tasks are transparent to everyone on the team, it makes the entire team accountable for the project’s entirety. In this way, your project team will surely have the same desire for the entire project to succeed. Because of this, all project team members are informed of any technical challenges that may result from the progress that the project is making.
This approach further enhances the understanding and knowledge of each project team member. This will greatly increase the chances of identifying the best solution that will eventually lead to fulfilling the ultimate goal of agile teams: customer satisfaction.
At the onset of the project, it is clearly understood by the agile team that no one can exactly tell how the system works. But adopting agile in project management rids the team of the “analysis paralysis” almost instantly.
Using the agile methodology, for example, in a beta test software, will allow the agile team to develop repetition and constant corrections can be made along the way.
Since the agile team is focused on further developing the product, it will be highly effective in identifying the features that add business value to it.
Additionally, defining all of the requirements needed at the beginning of the project can enormously result in to the functionality that is being developed has only partial or of no use at all during the production.
Using the agile methodology guarantees to significantly lower the number of flaws during the production stage. Thanks to your cross-functional team, an increase in the exchange of information through a very transparent conversation on how to further improve the product, through constant change will eventually polish your final product. All of this is possible through a series of sprint meetings spread throughout the duration of the project.
The initial agile principle is that your team’s utmost priority is customer satisfaction through timely and unceasing delivery of highly valuable product. Using the Scrum agile methodology in mapping out your team’s initial plan and work flow will immensely contribute to the business value of the products you produce; hence your team will be able to achieve its ultimate goal of satisfying the customer.
Since the project documentation is partial to the artifacts needed to accomplish a task, such as user stories, test cases, etc., it characterises what has already been developed and establish against what might have been initially agreed to or planned.
Audit transparency and history is far better due to the fact that sign-offs are highly precise to unnoticeable features, as opposed to a single endorsement of dozen and hundreds of pages of project documentation.
The traditional way of development methods would require the agile team to spend a huge amount of time on documentation alone that they might not able to maintain or use at all.
At this point, you might be wondering that if the Agile project management method is this amazing, why don’t more companies and organisations use it? Well there are several reasons, but mainly because of the fact that many companies are not risk takers and adopting the agile methodology or using agile software for their already established team and methods can be a great change.
Additionally, there are times that the agile methodology does not work for certain teams and is left abandoned eventually. This is due to the fact that companies and organisations felt that the first failure they have experienced in using the agile methodology scared them off. What they do not fully understand is that there may be a wide range of reasons as to why it did not work for them in the first place, for example, perhaps the team has applied agile’s initial principle and is then told specifically what to do or how to go about agile. Having a demanding procedure for agile development is illogical.
The best way to make the agile methodology work for a team is to simply find a project team that is willing to adopt the agile methodology with the freedom to also adopt the various techniques that comes with agile that will work best for a specific project. Eventually, you will be seeing amazing results, and hopefully the project team will adopt the method and become advocates for it. In the long run, working with the same project team will be better and more seamless, resulting to higher quality products, and better customer satisfaction.
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Used correctly, agile is a key methodology for software developers and other types of project teams. It is effective, prevents scope creep and enables change to happen quickly.
With over 70% of software development teams using Agile, it is easily the most popular methodology for those types of teams. Mass adoption, coupled with it's inherent effectiveness, make it hard to beat.
The four core principles of Agile are:
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to a change over following a plan
- Satisfy The Customer
- Welcome Change
- Deliver Frequently
- Work Together
- Build Projects
- Face-to-Face Time
- Measure Progress
- Sustainable Development
- Continous Attention
- Keep It Simple
- Organised Teams
- Reflect for Effectiveness