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Agile is an iterative and incremental set of management practices that can increase productivity, flexibility, adaptability and enable teams to rapidly deliver products of a high quality.

In contrast with the sequential Waterfall Model, Agile and its frameworks encourage user involvement and show actual progress in real time. Guidelines are laid out in the Agile Manifesto and these all relate to iterative planning and addressing the needs of the customer. Here are some of the main benefits of agile project management.

1. Efficiency

Instead of spending days building out detailed project plans, an Agile team begins with a small portion of the work, assesses progress and continues after gathering enough feedback to make sure it’s on the right path. This means it never goes too far down a path, only to find it has to backtrack and start over.

Agile teams collaborate efficiently and everyone agrees on their roles. As each person focuses on important tasks so the whole team can move forward collectively.

The team falls into a regular cycle of production, increasing efficiency and predictability with these characteristics feeding into each other. As they become more efficient, they can meet the needs of customers without overspending and deliver significant business value early in the process.

2. Adaptability

The guidance of project managers is essential at each step of development to enable a team to adapt to change. This ability to adapt to change is one of the cornerstones of Agile project management.

Companies who need project managers with PMP certification can send certain employees on a bootcamp for PMP. After a boot camp of four days, they have the skills they need to pass the PMP certification exam the first time.

3. Predictability

Companies calculate the value of a project by how much it costs and their return on investment. If the return on investment isn’t known it is very difficult to predict its success. Taking time on the front end while planning using Agile techniques allows companies to predict project costs and conclude whether to continue with a project or not.

Many of the tools and practices used in Agile practices can improve predictability. By being able to calculate the individual speed of a development team, it is possible to predict product backlog and timelines for releases. The project team can predict performance for each sprint by holding daily scrum meetings and using task boards as well as sprint burndown charts.

4. Quality

Testing is done during the development cycle and this means the team is aware of possible issues and the product owner can make changes if necessary. The Scrum Master will explain requirements in time so knowledge about product features is relevant.

Continuous testing into the development process allows a team top address issues before they escalate. Sprint Retrospectives help a scrum team to become more efficient in work processes. Software is developed in fast, incremental cycles and releases are incremental and depend on previous functionality. Each release is rigorously tested to ensure quality.

5. Reduced risks

Agile techniques ensure that no project will fail completely. Starting with the first Sprint, changes are implemented with little cost because of the frequency of new increments. Revenue is generated early with self-funding projects so organizations can pay for projects with little upfront expense.

Throughout the development process, the needs and preferences of the client are taken into account and by focusing features on real customer needs, each feature offers value incrementally, not just as an IT component. Testing each iteration with Beta testing software allows for valuable feedback and offers the opportunity to make changes as required. 

Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:18 PM | Back to top

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