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Agile Project Management is a project management methodology that is based on iterative and incremental development. It has been around since the early 1990s and has been adopted by many companies worldwide. The agile methodology is an alternative to traditional project management approaches like waterfall. Traditional Project Management is a linear, predictive approach to Project Management. It is a top-down approach to Project Management that involves carefully planning every step of the process. While popular in years past, organizations are slowly moving away from such rigid and structured practices and processes.
Up-front Detailed Planning vs. High-Level Planning
On the other hand, these are the roles in an Agile project:
One of the main advantages of incorporating Agile principles and practices into Project Management is having more adaptable teams. Agile teams are teams that are used to adjusting to sudden changes–which are common in today’s markets. Having teams that are able to start and drop projects quickly means having teams that can better serve erratic market demands.
Another advantage of Agile Project Management is having happier teams. Compared to Traditional Project Management teams, Agile teams tend to have more open cultures where anyone can share their ideas. This creates a culture that encourages collaboration and teamwork. This makes team members feel like they’re trusted and helps them work with less pressure which then makes working more enjoyable.
Keeping your customers happy should be a priority for any organization. The Agile Manifesto specifically emphasizes collaborating with your customers to provide them with a product that they need. When you cater your products to what the customers want, you’ll increase their satisfaction with your business and protect your company’s bottom line.
Shifting from traditional ways of working to Agile means more than just incorporating daily standup meetings and working in sprints. It involves changing the way your team works and shifting your priorities from producing the best product to providing the most value to your customers.
At a higher level, it means changing the way organizations and leadership plan and execute on strategic objectives, moving to a much more iterative approach with shorter planning intervals. It means focusing more on short, intermediate and long-term horizons and planning in a more flexible, ready-to-change based on market feedback manner rather than 5 and 10-year plans and detailed estimates. It also means managing people and teams in a very different manner, focusing more on goals and objectives, and letting teams figure out how they will organize themselves and deliver on those goals and objectives.
Transitioning to Agile is not simply something that can be done for a single project, but must be bought in by the entire organization.
Before transitioning to Agile Project Management, your team needs to understand what it is and why you’re making the switch. Start by educating your team on what Agile and Agile Project Management entails and helping them make the transition gradually.
Any change can be disruptive. During the transition, your team may experience decreased productivity and effectiveness. If your teams are struggling to maintain velocity or productivity they previously had, you have to give them time to make the transition. In the long run, as long as Agile is adopted with the right approach and mindset, Agile Project Management will help deliver projects more successfully and with greater value to the business and customers.
If you need help in implementing Agile Project Management, whether coaching, training or tools, get in touch with us. If you are looking for a Project Management tool that supports various Agile methods – and even a Hybrid Agile approach, try Nimble.