Project management is a technical field where you actually have to apply all the principles which you have learned in the books to make sure that you are on the right track to get done with the project. It is a complete and heavy responsibility for the company or the individual working with the team to finish the project before the deadline. A lot of obstacles may come in between while completing the project which the lead has to handle and should know how to tackle it without the agile project management which requires quick think and implementation without wasting a single minute. A leader is required for the project who can direct, control and monitor the activities of the team members. Team members get a direction from the leader to help them get done with the tasks which have been assigned to them with collaborating with the leader.
This book helps you learn about the agile project management with complete involvement of every person and procedures to build an understanding that how crucial it is to follow the trends of the market to stay up to date and stick to the market which is competitive every minute. You cannot expect a huge success all of a sudden unless you do not work hard and agile project management requires consistent hard work with complete focus over the project. There are ways for you to get through the project with the guidance in this book along with the entire implementation of the agile lifecycle. Each phase is explained with full detail which can help you in getting into the right direction even if you feel lost somewhere in between while working on the agile project management techniques.
If your company is working with the traditional management system then it is time where you take help of this book and work over it. It will be beneficial for both the company and individuals who can grow together to make massive change in the marketplace. Technology changes every day which is why staying up to the trend is necessary for each organization to survive in the market. You will be able to learn about the role of leaders in the agile project management along with knowing the adopting techniques. It can be hard to adopt the agile project management for the companies which stick to traditional management since the establishment of their organizations. The people may resist which is why here are some of the adoption techniques which will help you gain the complete control over the agile management.
The meetings which are necessary part of agile project management are discussed thoroughly in this book which give you a complete insight that what you need to discuss and what can be a waste of time if you speak of that within the short span of time in the meeting. By the end of the book, there is a checklist which you can keep in the file for your help while you are conducting the agile project management in real to help you cross off some important steps so you can be successful in it.
There are still a lot of companies which believe that there is no need for agile project management and it will not bring any prosperity to them but why would the company want it to get to the lowest point and then rise with agile management? If you know the system of agile management beforehand, you would definitely want to adopt it in your system before you reach to the point where it would be hard for everyone to adopt the new system. When there is a fall for the company, there are less people who tend to support the company out of the means so if you do know the methods and the importance of it before then why wait for it. The simple stages which are explained in this book will help you understand how it works and the consistent approach will take the company on the high rates among the others which are already using agile project management.
Let’s get started with starting an understanding over the agile project management moving forward with deep details.
What is agile project management?
Before you get started with a project, it is necessary that you have proper understanding so that you are able to provide work with quality and full content. Agile project management is a popular phenomenon among the project managers who promise to deliver high quality work, at their priority with being ahead of everyone among the stakeholders. It is a project which is less expensive and produces effective results over the period of time. Due to the high demand of technological change in the market, software projects have a change consistently which makes the customers reach high in their demands. Customers are required to plan ahead before they wish to start the project so that it does not bring any delay in the project. Agile project management helps in making change easier for the projects even if there are some, in the later stages of the project. Such as if there needs to be a change in a plan at the late development stage that can be possible too without any hassle.
Agile project management involves the activities and features of delivering value work with maintaining the three important factors of any project which is scope, time and cost. They have to manage between these three factors real time to provide a great value to the project. It reduces complex situations with breaking the project cycle into separate portions so the project can be completed before the deadline. It makes important segments and then tests the products which are needed to get done in the project within the time frame of two to four weeks cycle.
There are two types of project management which are the traditional and the agile project management which will be discussed in further sections of this book. Agile project management has a target to bring improvements in the project continuously as it proceeds with being flexible, complete team input and delivering high quality products. It has an approach of scrum framework which is to build quality first and eliminate the wastage. Organizations take help from different tools and techniques among the team to get done with the project through the agile management because it proves to be effective. There are 12 basic principles which should be known as a base for agile management delivering the information regarding the product, team, communication and flexibility. These principles are known as the core values for agile project management for best implementation of the projects.
The 12 Principles of Agile Management
Agile management principles support the concepts of teams and its implementation in the projects which includes in streamlining the tasks and responsibilities to get the project done easily.
- One of the most prior reason for agile management effectiveness is to satisfy the customers for the consistent value and retention of the clients. A continuous improvement to deliver the valuable software without any interruptions.
- Adopts the change in the environment even if it is late in the project without any harm to the results of the project or the competitors in the market.
- Works on the shorter timescale with delivering software frequently from weeks to monthly basis.
- The people in the business and the developers must work hand in hand to get done with the projects effectively.
- The projects need to have motivated individuals with giving them the autonomy to work their way of getting the job done which is assigned by the project leads.
- Have consistent face to face conversations to tackle the issues and work as a development team to help solve any conflict.
- Make sure to work within the software for the progress and keep monitoring.
- A constant pace of work needs to be maintained by the developers, sponsors and the users for the sustainable development of the project.
- All the workers need to pay complete attention to the project with projecting good design and agility with enhancing technical excellence.
- Needs to maintain the simplicity without any complications.
- The self-organizing teams play the best role in working together as the best architectures with emerging attractive designs.
- The team behavior needs to be modified with tuning in and working at intervals with bringing out effective results.
There are different advantages and disadvantages of agile project management which comes along. It depends upon situation and the circumstances where you need to use this management style. Agile method works best when the customers and the stakeholders are involved with providing input, functional software support, flexible to change, accommodating to change, and team player and collaborate well. If there is any change, the processes of the business overwhelm and that is where you need the agile project management processes in the system to help support with the adoption to the agile management. Here are some of the few points which you can allocate for it to work for you.
- Meetings on Daily Basis
Daily meetings can be held with keeping the communication easy and open between the workers and the upper management for smooth workflow.
Delivering live demonstration to make the work understood by all with showing the progress when reaching the final product.
- Sharing Feedback
Share the feedback with the workers from the stakeholders and the customers who are a part of this project and helps the team work enthusiastically for the next iteration.
- Stay Agile
Make consistent changes to the project where needed to make it more effective and bring improvements with monitoring every step.
What is the difference between agile project management and traditional project management?
As mentioned earlier, the two types of project management still remain in the topic. Agile project management and traditional project management have slight differences which helps in making the project more effective than before. As the technology advances, the changes in the processes apply and make it more functional than before.
Comparison of Agile Project Management and Traditional Project Management
In the traditional project management, the manager is burdened with the project of balancing the cost, scope, report, risk and adaptation to change. Whereas, when agile project management takes place, there are few main responsibilities which define its role:
- The product owner has the responsibility to handle and set the project goals.
- He/she handles the schedule and scope of the project along with fulfilling the project requirements with setting priorities of the features required by the product.
- There is a scrum master who handles the team and makes sure the tasks are assigned with priority.
- The team members know their tasks and handles them on their own end without any further support such as task assignment, progress reporting, quality control, detailed management and enhancement of product.
Traditional project management focuses on conducting a long plan with emphasizing on every detail of the project not knowing whether those details are necessary or not. The planning focuses primarily on the cost, scope, time and more rather than the quality of the product and service to the clients. A lot of time is spent with the planning which does not bring any return in the longer parameters. As the environment keeps on changing, it requires quick actions and thoughts to be implemented on the projects to fix the conflicts or to bring improvements. Time is short which cannot be wasted just on the planning part of the project. There can be change at any point which is why spending a lot of time on planning does not prove to be a successful step. Whereas, agile management uses the approach of software development with focusing on the teamwork to get the work done with bringing changes involving the collaboration of customers. It responds to change quickly without any disturbance or harm to the overall project progress. Scrum is used commonly in agile management which works on decision making and quick processes and reduces the time spent on the unknown variables which are not so necessary for the project. The variables which have a chance to change in future do not hold the value of giving enough time to make it a wastage.
Scrum emphasizes on delivering high amount of value to the customers in shorter period of time to bring out satisfaction of quality. Traditional processes focus on the linear processes with long term upfront planning with the comprehensive documentation which are of no use in future. It organizes ahead of time, which is indeed good but change is outmost in the projects where the planning may need to be modified at some point. Besides that, agile project management spends less time on planning and only prioritize according to the features and requirements of the product with valuing it with leaving the responsibility on the product owner. Small amount of work is divided among all which can be changed and updated when need according to the market demand while the project is taking place. Customer collaboration is extremely appreciated in agile project management during the developmental stage to know whether any changes are necessary or not to make it more effective.
Here are some of the major differences between the two project managements.
- Traditional project management is more rigid and directional whereas, agile is more flexible and adaptable to change.
- Easy communication is welcomes at agile whereas traditional does the ahead of time planning among the leads or product owners only.
- Management tells the workers what to do in the traditional management and workers are left with autonomy to do their work in the agile management.
- Agile management is more fluid than traditional management.
- Agile management welcomes the change whereas traditional management resists change.
- Agile management gets involved with the customers whereas traditional management does not connect with the customers until the project ends.
- Teamwork is enhanced in agile management but not in traditional management.
- Traditional focuses on serious processes whereas agile methods are less formal and fills the loops rapidly as it proceeds.
- Traditional management favors the “anticipation mode” whereas agile management favors the “adaption mode”.
- Daily meetings are held in agile management for open communication and not in the traditional management.
- Agile management implement series in short spans and small practices whereas traditional believes in long processes with details.
- Agile management is unplanned and keeps the upfront analysis.
- Agile management has a mindset, philosophy, effective lifestyle, focused thinking, vision, incremental framework, customer value and easy to understand processes.
- Agile management is more of a pragmatic and test driven approach rather than traditional management.
- Agile management receives feedback and has four eye technique to build high quality products with having full freedom of reaching the business at the high point.
Agile project management can bring balance in the responsiveness and predictability of the organization. It shares many similarities with the traditional management but makes it better when followed through the quick and shorter processes along with involving everyone in the direction of completing the project. It keeps everything clear to the people who are involved in completing the project with trusting them with their work.
Traditional project management works on the long range prediction without keeping everyone along in the project which does not produce high quality results anymore. It is slow in processes and due to not adapting the change, it can be behind from the competitors in the market. An agile management can validate the business bringing more value than the traditional management along with receiving a continuous feedback helps in improving the processes to reach to an effective result with focusing on one vision and business value.
Planning an Agile Project
An agile project may seem simple to plan but there is a huge team which works as a backbone to it. If the time is aligned then there is nothing which can stop the plan from going further with success instead there would be extra things in the plan which will enhance the quality of the project. As agile project have the tendency of changing the plan to enhance the quality, there will be new initials in the project through different ideas with the diversity in the teams. Beside the organization planning, the people planning plays vital role in managing the agile project which can help the company grow to heights. Planning an agile project involves certain stages, people and the owners which lead the project with quick implementations. Understanding of these stages is important to get done with the project in an efficient manner. Here are some of the stages discussed as following:
Stage 1: Product Vision
The product owner needs to have the product vision that where he sees and how he sees the product getting done. He/she needs to have full awareness of the product and how it will be supportive to the company’s strategy. The focus should be that who will be using the product and this vision needs to be revisited at least once in three months for the consistency for the retention of the customers.
Stage 2: Product Roadmap
The owner of the product is meant to create the product roadmap with defining the high level view of it with fulfilling the requirements. He/she will mention the requirements within the loose framework and the time to get them completed. First, the identification will be done and then it will be prioritize accordingly. A rough estimation will be made to complete the roadmap and how long it will take even if there had to be any changes in between. The projects which are longer, the roadmap is revised two times in between the progress.
Stage 3: Release Plan
The third stage identifies the release plan which depends upon the timetable for the software which they are working for. There will be many releases within the agile management so it has to be prioritize which one has to be released first. There are about three to five sprints typically but the plan has to be made first.
Stage 4: Sprint Planning
The master of the product makes the sprint plans which are also called iterations. The product starts to begin with those iterations and the planning of sprint take place initially before it starts. The scrum team makes sure to cover all the measures before it starts with the iterations.
Stage 5: Daily Meetings
Daily meetings help learn about new things and information which one may miss out on or forget. It updates the workers with what has been done and what has to be done on daily basis it should be no more than 15 minutes every day before the working day starts. Roadblocks, conflicts, problems are highlighted during this meeting every day by the product owner and the team.
Stage 6: Sprint Review
At the sprint review stage, the demonstration of each product is made to the stakeholders with identifying if any changes are necessary or it should be finalized to be launched. The entire process is explained briefly by the product owner for complete satisfaction.
Stage 7: Sprint Retrospective
This is a stage where the team pulls in for the meeting to discuss how the sprint process went and what did they face. They discuss about the problems and how to improve them for future. It gives a complete comprehensive review for the improvements and better quality product provided to the stakeholders. This meeting is held after every sprint which is launched.
Who is Involved in Agile Project Management?
Agile management takes up corporate people to complete the project effectively and efficiently. The team is made up of qualified and professional people which have five main roles as the followings:
- Product Owner
The product owner is basically the head of product and the bridge between the customers, stakeholders and the team. He/she fills the gaps with initializing a new product in the market for better businesses. The product owner is an expert on taking care of the customer’s needs and values their views. Makes sure that their needs are addressed and prioritized at first with providing quality products. Product owner makes sure to keep the team on track with keeping open communication on daily basis and shields them from any organizational noise or disturbance. He/she is also known as the “customer representative” where the customers see and then depend upon to make a purchase. Product owner has the power to make decisions on daily basis with all the logical reasoning.
- The Team Members
Agile project management works within the team members who help each other and knows with coordinating to get the work done efficiently. Each of them is an expert in their genre with knowing what they have to do and how to get it done on time. In the software development, there are developers, testers, writers, engineers, programmers and other important roles. All the roles have to coordinate and work with each other to provide coherence and support to follow the goal and reach it on time. The team is full of diversified workers with having various skills in them to be versatile at handling different projects at the same time with reaching a common project goal.
- Scrum Master
Scrum master is the support for the team members who makes sure that all the roadblocks are clear and there is no vagueness in getting the work done. He keeps the monitoring consistent with being the project facilitator as well. They work side by side to the product owner with reporting to them and provide an effective leadership to the organization without any authority.
Anyone who has an interest in the project is the stakeholder whether it is within the organization or outside. Even the customers are the stakeholders who depend on the product and use it. They are not responsible for the product but get effected by the outcome of the project. It can include people from different areas or companies. In the agile project management, a support of customer and team is essential for the continuous improvement which helps them do better.
- Agile Mentor
An agile mentor is someone who has an experience of doing the agile project management before where he/she does not need training to get the project done. The mentor knows all the strategies and rules with allowing feedback to come in freely. The mentors are not responsible for looking after the progress of the project but making sure that the plan is going accordingly. He/she cannot direct and has no formal authority over the team mates but can convey the approaches and techniques of the agile project management style.
How to Track the Project?
Tracking the project is necessary for the transparency and the measurement for the development of the product. If there is no monitoring then it can result into the negative circumstances for the company for executing the project. Here are some of the ways to track the agile project management:
- Vision Statement
A vision statement needs to be made regarding the product and how it supports the company. It is a quick summary of the product along with matching it with the organizational strategies and how it can enhance the profit overall. It should stick to the main goal of the company with implementing the agile management procedures.
Again a roadmap of the product and project needs to be reviewed once in a week to see if everything is on track and on time. It needs to connect with the vision and goal of the company with outlining the time frame as well.
Backlog is the list of the products features and requirements which are set on prior basis with ordering them. It needs to be updated every day by the end of reviewing what has been done on the day and what has left to measure whether the project is on track to be completed by deadline or not.
- Release plan
A complete series of plan needs to be released in a shape of timetable which needs to be watched over within the week.
Keep track after the project is completed that how many customers have preferred it and if not then why. Post feedback is necessary for the improvement of next sprint release.
Following all these ways in order can help in managing the tracking of the project with knowing its progress and staying up to date on daily basis. these ways will help in not getting lost in between and knowing on the fingertips what has to be done and what has been done in the entire project with giving a full confidence to the leader that everyone knows their job and doing it the right way will surely make it successful.
Agile management is not about tracking the project to make sure that everyone is doing the work right but to make sure that you are on the track to reach the deadline to finish the product on time. most of the times, the teams are well trained especially for the bigger projects which is why you do not have to look for the training gaps but yes if they are initializing on the projects with having an agile system for the first time then you do need to keep the track of it knowing that not everyone would be willing to accept it all of a sudden but some of the people may resist change for the management and working style. It is a complete different dynamic from the traditional management which is why it would need masters to help the people accept it and go along with it over the system to make the project successful.
The Events In Agile Project Management
There are certain events which occur in the agile project management which you have to focus on while you are conducting a project. It helps in the product development if you follow these accordingly and the results are better than usual performance instead, there will be profitable and positive results in the end. Here are few of the events which you need to focus on keenly:
- Project Planning
Every project requires planning and so does the agile project management. It does not require a detailed and lengthy planning but a quick briefing needs to be done in a written form to have a record with defining the goal, vision and the end results. A roadmap needs to be discussed among all the team members so everyone is on the same track and knows clearly what they are doing and why they are doing. A clear understanding should be made to everyone before the project starts.
- Release Plan
A target or the deadline needs to be given to end the project and provide positive results. Identifying the product features and requirements with setting the deadline. The launch date needs to be announced in the beginning so everyone keeps the pace up to that level of getting the work done on time.
The functionality of the product needs to be discussed among the team mates with working with each other to make sure that they are at the same track of the development. The iterations should not be more than four weeks and should be launched on time. There should be same length of each sprint with making sure to complete the project entirely on time. The team needs to plan it within themselves how to manage that and how to get it done.
- Sprint Planning
A meeting should be conducted before the team starts working in the sprinting. As the management conducts a meeting, a separate meeting of the team mates needs to be conducted as well with the agile mentor and scrum leader. They need to define the roles and goals to each other so they know everyone is working on different tasks with having the same goal in their minds. Each task needs to be reported to the scrum leader by the end of the day so that he/she can make sure that certain task is completed and do his/her job correctly as well.
- Daily Scrum
There should a daily meetup of all the team members with the product owner in the morning to know that what has been completed and who needs to do more. A quick review should be given that what needs to be completed by the end of the day and how much duration is left. The meeting should not be more than 20 minutes every day but needs to be conducted on daily basis.
Understanding the agile project management is not hard but when it comes to implementation, even a professional can shake because of the people diversity at a single workplace. Each task should have the professional or the expert to finish it completely with being efficient in it. If there is any new staff hired, they should be well trained with knowing the similar goals. Their problems need to be identified by the scrum leader and the mentor to help them out during the project and the urgency to get it done with providing full satisfaction to the customers.
Customers are the key to every business nowadays and once you understand their needs and fulfill it then consider that the product has flourished in the market. If you do not pay attention to the customers then the project can be a huge loss for the company with wasting all the effort which the people have done. Keeping in mind the three factors of cost, scope and time; a project can be a series of tasks which needs to be handled and managed with techniques which are applicable according to the demand of the market and technology.
The Scope of Agile Life Cycles
The scope of agile life cycles can vary differently from companies to companies where the entire system works towards the development and it is later turned into the effective feedback for the company. The development for the solutions is complicated yet it has to be adopted by the complete procedural steps which show the construction cycle. The retirement is at the end when there is success in the project and it is no longer needed to be modified or changed. The information technology system needs to be upgraded with having the multi-system with understanding the organization having the potential from the first stage until the last which is retirement. There are many lifecycles which are described under the agile management with the scrum construction lifecycle. The agent of agile project management make sure to prioritize the stacks/backlogs with bringing them to the current iterations. The stakeholders are involved through the process of acknowledging their feedback to verify the work and working well as it goes along. Daily scrum meetings are held in this lifecycle to be updated regarding any new information or the tasks which have been completed by the team members.
Well, this lifecycle does not prove to be an effective one which is why a realistic lifecycle has been generated to cover it under six phases such as conception, inception, construction, transition, production and retirement. These six phases explain the entire agile management project to anyone who has no idea regarding it. It works similar way for every sprint which is about to come into establishment after the hard work and dedication of the employees.
Understanding the Agile Lifecycle
- Concept Phase
This is one of the tough phase where you have to do the pre-planning regarding the sprint which you are about to launch. There is a target in the beginning of every project which you have to achieve and that is done by building the concept of the project. Here are very relatively important things which you need to mention in this phase and would work further in the project:
- Define the business
When defining a business, it is necessary to have the market concern and the bigger picture of the business in your brain. You have to consider the new functions which will improve your business in the market to enhance the presence of your organization. It needs to depict the profitability of the project and how it can help the people who are working in the organization. The impact of the project in the market and in the organization on the people whom you are going to direct to complete the project. This is basically the exploring part which needs to be short and brief without any elaborations. You do not have to invest so much time on the projects within the conceptualization but just writing down the points will help you get to the business potential. You can follow a good strategy with the identification of the scope and goals with the potential stakeholders as well.
- Strategy for the Project
A well-built strategy always help you to reach at the end point where there are no changes need to improve it or to make it look better. there may be many issues which my come out when you would be drawing out strategy you have to answer several questions on your own that who will be leading the team? How will the subject of project matter to the organization? What will be the iterations? The geography? Location? Development? And much more will come along. The team needs to be allocated and with different strategy combinations which seem possible or feasible to you as the leader for the agile project management. So as there are a lot of possibilities then you have to pick out of those abundance of possibilities to make a final decision for the team which will be handling the future iterations.
You have to make the feasibility report in the conceptual phase where you see the suitability of the project and it will be surviving in the market in future or not. It identifies that whether your investment will be fruitful or not so that you do not end up wasting the cost and time of your business and the ream. Every project requires efforts which is why it is necessary that you recognize and make sure that the efforts are being done on the right thing. A lot of people make the mistake of not doing a thorough research on the feasibility report and think that if they have to invest more, they will do it in the inception phase which actually leaves no structure and you can mess up on the financial side of your project.
Well, you have to keep four main things when you are doing the feasibility report which is that you have to do the feasibility according to the technical feasibility, economic, political and operational feasibility. The feasibility analysis needs to portray the risks and the opportunities which will come along as you go further in the project. The criteria will be defined with the help of feasibility report when you make a proper and authentic one. It also helps you to recognize whether you need to start the project or you should stop the planning right away if there is any negative impact over the organization for its initiation. Therefore, it is essential to question the part of feasibility throughout the project when you are in the progress to look back at it again.
The concept activities need to be as quick as possible without wasting any time where you have to convince the stakeholders and make sure that everyone is on the same track as you are in your brain. When there is enough funding and motivation then you can take the potential project further to get the effort from the team mates by collaborating together.
This phase is directly linked with the project initiation where you have to refer it as the first week of starting the project. It can also be referred as iteration 0 or the warmup for the project where you have to give a start to it. There are certain ways where you can initiate the project such as:
When you have made the portfolio for the project and have had the management efforts so now it is the time where you have to get the funding for the project to start. You have to think how you are going to get the funding and from where with the realistic point of view. The cost, duration, location and all the certain important factors need to be analyzed when you ahead for the funding request. All the certain factors need to be reasonable with having a backing so you can get the permission and the funding to start the project with justifying the feasibility report.
- Stakeholders and the Scope of Project
Under the agile project management, it is necessary that you take the stakeholders alongside with you while you are starting the project. You have to work with them to make them understand the logics of the system with the initial requirements of models with identifying what they are looking for. At the stage of iteration 0, you need to have a high level of communication with the stakeholders with using tools such as white boards and index cards as modeling the project to reach at a successful solutions which is beneficial for both the stakeholders and the company. The model storming needs to be done to the stakeholders for them to understand the cycles so they can help you achieve the goals better. It gives confidence to the stakeholders as well as the company that they are heading towards the right direction.
- Team Building
Next and the most important step of starting the project is that you have to build the team which can work with the organization in reaching its goals rather than their own personal goals. You have to identify the members which can be a part of the project with having some of the senior developers as well to coach the project with keeping the stakeholders on the track. There needs to be a diversity of workers in the team due to the task an iteration demands. The right role needs to be assigned to the person who is expert in their tasks.
- Initial Architecture System
You need to have complete information that how you are going to operate the system. Once you have the understanding then the project will be able to move towards the right direction otherwise it will be a waste. The mainframe of the project needs to be clear with having the developers on the potential project with the architecture on the system. The architecture needs to be referred back again and again with every detail which can be reached within the smaller time span. You can also have a small documentation over it which you can keep as a record but that is not the point, but you have to work on the design with the development cycles in each sessions for the effective results.
- Setting the environment
There needs to be necessary tools and equipment which can get the work done. A proper environment which can give the feel of working with enthusiasm for the team members with giving them workstations of their own so they can work with autonomy. The development tools, working area and the collaboration of team is important. It is not necessary that all the tools are available right away but get the basic ones to get started and slowly you do need to bring the essentials to move further.
- Estimating project
When you have gathered all the information and starting the project, estimate the project again to make sure that you are on the same streamline and not off the track. After the architecture, design and environment building, you have to make the estimation of the agile project which can evolve over the entire period of project completion.
- Construction – Development of iteration
The main part of the project where you have to construct the iterations with the high quality software which meets the needs of the stakeholders and everyone who is involved in the project. The agents of agile project management need to understand that each step is crucial at this phase. So to achieve the construction phase with being successful in it there are certain points which you need to know as following:
Here you have to achieve the collaboration with the team mates and the stakeholders closely to avoid any big risk in the market. When you have good affiliation with the stakeholders and developers, it helps you in communicating with them easily where you are able to get their reviews and improve as you are in the cycle without any obstacle. You have more chances of improvement in between when you have close collaboration.
- Implementing Functions
There is a chance of change in the requirements by the stakeholders if they wish for the better product in between the cycle. There could be something which they may discover and would like it in their project so we have that flexibility in the agile project management where we can make changes in the processes during the late development stage as well. Preparing the team mates for this challenge is important at the initial stages of the cycle so that it does not consume them time to accept that they have to work over the demands of the stakeholders rather than a given plan which they can stick to all the time during the procedure of completing the project. Accepting the change is required for the continuous improvement and that is what makes the agile project management better than the traditional style of project management which is not so effective nowadays according to the demand of the market. You have to give a control for the scope of the project to the stakeholders with the budget and schedule at the same time. They can take their time in making changes and before it ends, they can make the changes however they wish to.
- Designing and Analyzing
As an agile agent you have to analyze the needs of the stakeholders and what kind of model they are needing. That is just in time thoughts before you start implementing the design. You have to think over the requirements and see if there is anything else needed according to your own expertise with sketching out the design in your brain. Often, sketched diagrams are used to display the design and then changes can be made on it easily with adding the requirements on the later stages as they come in between. The test driven designs are also initiated in this phase of designing to see the development where the iterative takes the test and produce the code of fulfilling the test. The complex requirements of the issues with the designs can be forethought and can have further changes if required in future.
- Ensure the Quality
As the project goes along, it is important to keep on monitoring whether the project is inline or not. There are guiding codes which can help the agents to learn about the quality of the project and if you have done the similar project before then you would be knowing the quality concerns issues which should not arise in this sprint where you are working on. You have to ensure that the best design is being made by the team members and ensure that there is no lacking in the quality.
- Working Solutions
You have to keep on providing the solutions for the problems which may arise while doing the project. Ensure that the regular delivery of work is being provided with the development cycle and collaboration of the team with the product. There are better solutions which can be sorted out among the team. The solutions need to be tested before they get implemented by the team members. Testing the solutions makes it better for you when you apply it on the product which you are making for the stakeholders to ensure the quality.
- Testing again
A great amount of testing needs to implement while you are working with agile project management cycle which ensures the quality and the best results of the product when it would be ready. When you test the products, it enhances your own learning as well to confirm that the testing will be going great with adding on your confidence of knowing the test of a certain solution or the product before going into the market so the next time a sprint comes in, you are ready to go perfect on it. The specifications which are given to you needs to be confirmed within the software which you have made with the iteration at the ideal rate of investigative picture and the developers need to follow the full requirements with testing it with the professionals. You cannot establish the product in the market without testing it because it may risk the trust of the stakeholders and you cannot play on the risk factor after investing the scope, cost and time over the project of agile management.
So how do you test the iteration at first?
Here are few steps which will guide on the testing of iteration which will help you:
First of all, you have to add it to the test factor then it will be running through the tests and when it shows the “pass” sign that means you do not have to go further.. You will be able to see the changes over the software with the programs. If it fails then there are few steps further for you to make the little change in the system and the program and then run the test again. When it passes the process of testing then reaches the development ends which will ask you to stop and it is ready to be delivered to the stakeholders.
This is basically known as the “End Game” which is deployment as well. Here you have to release the solution for the production purposes in order to improve the iteration if there are any. Most of the times, there will be somethings which you would want ot change or improve after the test which is why it is recommended to go through the transition phase of agile management. Even if the test does not fail, it is required that you re-check with the transition phase. You have to look into several aspects when you are going through the transition phase which are as followings:
- Final Testing
The system needs to be tested at the end for the acceptance where there will be no more modifications and it is ready to be given to the stakeholders which have invested in your services to provide them the product. You have to run the regression test to see whether it works or not. You can also run the pilot test to see the eventual results for the users which will help you learn over the thoughts of results out of the product.
- Rework– if needed
If you think you need to rework over the system at the last stage then you need to address the damages and not ignore it since it will be about the reputation and the service you provide to the stakeholders from the company. If any defect found, it can ruin the image and the stakeholders may not get back to your company for the services over their products or projects. You have to fix all the defects which are visible to you and then finalize the system.
The final step of the system requires you to submit the documentation having the entire procedure of iteration which can release the notification that there is no need for rework. It works as an authentication with the full detail that you have gone through the entire procedure with logical reasoning to get done with the project according to the needs of the stakeholders as told. There should be priority requirements, cost, investments and all other details need to be mentioned with the smart writing which does not extend the document more than three pages long. How the project will be earning the money and how it can bring benefit to the market should be mentioned in the same document with complete details.
Next is the step where you have to train the users with knowing where you need improvements or where they are lacking information or knowledge regarding the sprints or the system? A leader can analyze while working with the team where they can identify their strengths and weaknesses and work over their lacking of knowledge or implementation of the service. The entire staff needs to be trained with various means of hands on experience, workshops and more ways to enhance their learnings to make them more professionals.
The deployment part involves where you do not share the information regarding the system with any third party. The system remains within the organization but cannot be used for any other company other than the one which you have worked with. You have to keep it safe at one place where there is an access of only few leader positions after getting done and delivering the product to the stakeholders. It remains within the stock of the system but no one has the access to it other than the leads.
- Production Phase
Production phase is similar to the feedback phase where the system is deployed and handed over to the stakeholders but yet available for any useful help for the stakeholders if needed. The goal is to stay updated whether the users are finding it interesting and works according to their needs. If they are happy with it or not? The support needs to be available to the stakeholders all the time because the team mates know where they have worked and how they can sort out if the users get stuck somewhere in the system. If there is an upgrade with the system which has been used with the stakeholders then it is necessary that an automatic update is sent to the stakeholders for the smooth running of the system and compliance. Even if there are multiple iterations on which you are working on, the ongoing feedback and support needs to be available all the time for the releases systems.
Retirement is when the entire system is removed from the system of the company and no more in the memory as well. This happens when it has been in the data for years and no one has referred back regarding it for the upgrade or the support. It gets old and removes automatically when it is inactive for few years with making more space for the upcoming iterations for the company. It has a strong impact over the organization where the new systems takes in the place which can complex the procedures as well. The retirement phase should not have a huge impact on the operations of the businesses according to the legacy. It can be removed on some of the conditions such as there is no support needed regarding it, it is more than five years old, it has become redundant or obsolete, needs no feedback or support or it has been replaced with the new system or iteration. These are some of the conditions where it needs to be set in the system so that it can be removed completely otherwise it needs to stay into the system for future references or evidence if any problem arises. In most of the times, the older releases are given back to the same company to update the system which can be the reason of removing the old one and replacing it with the new one which can be an assurance that you have done the project for the company.
The need of Agile Project Management in Today’s Market
One of the most common misconception among the traditional project management is that they do not need to follow the agile project management since it makes no difference for them. But how is that possible when the name is different, the procedures would be different if you train the team mates and work together. Easy way to understand agile project management is that it runs itself with the self-organization and the rapid pace which is decreased with the shorter plans which are effective in the long term projects as well. There are certain managers which have mentioned that agile project does not need management but the process in the agile management does not supervision. There are various reason which will be mention in order to understand the processes better with agile project management:
Critical projects success have the agile project management behind it and off course the processes do matter when the team members are working together with the right mixture of skills and personalities. If the skills match then there is nothing better than that to deliver the value and quality product to the stakeholders. Agile management helps to formalize the management with dividing it into the segments with making the people collaborate and interact more than sitting in isolation and doing the work. Collaborating helps them in sharing ideas and making the product even better or may work for the improvement factors as well. All the team members have one same vision which they are working on which is delivered to them by the product owner who has the complete information and knowledge of the product. That person is directly linked with the stakeholders involved in the project. If the project needs to be delivered in high quality then everyone needs to understand the same vision with developing the teams which are easy to work together. Most of the plan which are driver from the processes are advocated where the need of vision is allocated with the communication processes. May be there may be the need of precision but if the lists of tasks and procedures is assigned to the individuals they would know what they have to do without having any obstacles in completing their goals which directly link to the main goal of the company. It needs to be affiliated with the project goals so that everyone can connect with it while working on the project. When the vision is shared with the team mates every day, it works as a guide for them on daily basis to get done with the work efficiently and knowing that they have to stay on track and if that is not the case then they may get off the track somewhere in between which is why it is important that the vision is mentioned on the daily meetings which are held by the leads for 15 minutes every day.
The vision formation is not the solely responsibility of the project manager or the owner of the project but all the team members can also take the initiative to build the vision which they can follow for the benefit of the company. The vision may also come from the stakeholders such as the customers which you can implement so you do not stick to just one person for the purpose of vison but having a grand eye would help you and leave more chances of improvement while working with each other. Rather than having a detail comprehensive written purpose, you can simply have it written somewhere everyone can relate to. Even if the team mates want to have their own visions which can drive them to work effectively, they should have the autonomy to do so under the agile project management system. Great results can be generated when you have collaborations and there are frequent discussions regarding the project which can be as a reminder for the purpose of the project and helps you stay out of the command and control plan which does not work anymore. The layout of the project needs to be defined to everyone so that there is a mutual understanding with the emergence and the adaption of the entire project which is going to be held by all the members and with mutual consent, all the team members can work on the vision. The main basic nurturing of the project begins when everyone in the company understands that how important the project is and how it can benefit all of them with working into complete dedication and hard work.
It is obvious that no project comes along with the obstacles which is why you need to be ready for the challenges which you may face while completing the project. There will be a lot of obstacles which you would have to ignore so they do not waste the time whereas there will be some crucial ones which you have to sort out so that they do not disturb the plan in the future. It is depending upon the leader and the experience that they know how it can affect them while working on the project down the road. Participating in the agile project management is a huge success itself because it is really hard to retain and manage all with the complete calmness which is required by the lead.
Moving towards the journey with deciding among the group with knowing that the iterations and spring will have set of features which need to be done with complete satisfaction of the employees. The team can quickly manage to decide over the features and divide it among the expertise to focus on the iterations again to follow over the deadlines. There has to be tasks done by the end of the day to make sure that everyone is on the track and doing something where they have to report to the agile agent by the end of the day that they have achieved to a certain task today. This will measure the track of knowing that the project will be done on time with having the time to make any corrections if needed at the time of testing phase before delivering it to the stakeholders.
Another type of obstacle which you may face is a certain team member which would not be able to adjust or not gong according to the flow with the teams. That person may be having a hard time in adjusting into the team and following up to the guidelines or may resist change. Most of the times, the developers do not become a problem but if there is someone who would be creating an obstacle in between the project then training is necessary along with guidance step by step with making sure over the graph of performance closely. As a leader, the team member cannot be left alone on learning on his/her own because that can create a disaster for the project itself.
Counseling sessions need to be held with the team member along with the on hand coaching which can guide the individual step by step with expressing to other team members and encourage them to help each other to complete the project as a team. While choosing the team mates, it is essential that you are aware of all the people who are in the line and giving their full contribution to the project. There should be everyone in the team which should be working and the performance can be measured by the agile mentor which is there to observe and help the individuals with any difficulty they may face to get done with the project. It is best that the problem of the team member not being adjusted remains between the manager and the team member if the team member is too shy to express it so that when he/she feels easy then they can take the chance of expressing themselves among others.
There are companies which have at least one dysfunctional areas which can hurt the programming or the standard of the software. There are projects which work insanely with having full responses but those projects are not for long term. A complete responsibility is there when the long term projects can work as the bulldozer over the manager to get done with the work within few weeks and it has a lot of burden on them. Agile project management does not mean that you take the projects which have shorter deadlines but it means to that how effective results you can provide on the basis of this management style with fulfilling the deadline and providing quality results as well.
The productivity of the team depends upon the possible solution which the manager provides along with making sure that the work is being done by the delivery dates for the software submission. A project manager knows of all the ins and outs of the product along with pushing the right buttons when it needs to extract any information where they are doubtful or do not know of.
Agile project management is not free of politics, as politics remain in every organization, there are some under the agile project management as well with competing with the new ideas and especially when the team members are not able to understand each other or they do not get along. The ideas of the projects could be different, diversity, resources, to many deadlines, pressure and a lot other things can create a space for politics to take a rise easily. When the manager has the agile mechanisms in line then the politics can be minimized but they cannot be eliminated completely. Especially when thing are kept clear and true then there is a less chance of having some of kind politics and if there are still some of them then it is due to the personality gaps.
Agile project management is both leading and serving at the same time which helps you getting the idea in the clearest way. Agile management works as the contribution for the teams to function efficiently in getting done with the project and learning along with them right away. A project plan does not need to have the written plan which has to be followed rigidly because it may not be according to all the people who are working in the project. The team members do need the autonomy to do better and use their skills to perform better.
There are no designations where you have to look up to the person but the horizontal management where everyone is working together for the growth of the organization. The only difference and preference which is given to the project manager is that they direct and help you out with supervising knowing the best among all the members due to the experience and authority. There are sequence of activities which are aligned and the vision is set out to all the team member to understand it in the best way possible. The project manager needs to remove any of obstacle which may come in between for the completion of the project so that the team members can work with complete ease. Project manager works as ensuring that the battling organization and all the obstacles are removed so they are not able to reach the team members.
Role of Leaders for Agile Project Management
The fundamental of self-driven teams is a popular phenomenon but did you know that it is being used in the agile project management as well? Well, having best people in the team gives you the opportunity to sit with all the relaxation while they complete their work on time with autonomy and make sure that things are done right before they deliver it. Agile management is the reliance on the team members who are experts in knowing their jobs and tasks. The role of a leader is important to help them and guide them with working together but they do not have to keep the eye all the time to make sure they are on track or not. if you have the right people for the right job, there is never need to look after when you have the trust build whereas, performance evaluation whether by observation or written does play a bit role in getting the projects on time.
The evaluations need to be done so that you know everyone is on the track and no one is deviating from the goal of the project. The goal which needs to be reminded everyday by the agile leaders to the team so they do not forget and work with complete motivation. The self-driven teams are not free of management but instead the managers keep interactions with the team members to know the updates. They do not have to look at them hidden to judge whether they are doing the work or not but communication is the main key to help them reach the goal easily and without any hesitation. The emergence of interaction needs to begin before the project so a good connection can be made within the organization. When the internal environment of a company is good and friendly, then the team members do want to work with motivation and all the efficiency to show their best.
Teamwork of Agile Project Management
When the team is working together to reach to the same goal then it is a definite that the project would be successful. If the team collaborates well and understands the need of the project and how it will help the organizing then there is nothing which can stop them from performing up to the level which his required to reach the deadline of the potential project. They all work together so that tasks are managed and even if someone is lacking in some of the skills then they would use their own expertise to get done with their work as well. Well, this is what the agile project management requires for the team members to have in them while they are working on the project. A project cannot be completed by one person ever which is why there is a concept of team building where the diverse people help each other to reach to the common goal of the organization they work for.
A high performance can be depicted by such teams which make sure to finish the programming and the work by the end of the day with helping each other. The backlog items are covered by the one which finishes the daily tasks before the day ends and do not sit idle so that there is no loss over the tasks which cannot be done before the deadlines. They even work for the day ahead to get done with the work on prior basis.
Talking is one of the essential part in the agile teamwork system. It helps them to discover new ideas and they are able to step out of the imagination with the reality of working with each other. Even if someone is not used of talking, the system makes them talkative with each other so if they are facing any problem, they can ask openly. The scrum leader encourages on talking with each other so that the messages and the goal can be clear. Suppose that someone who is not communicating and working on something which is not required due to the misconception then it will be a wastage of their energy and time as well as the project can have a chance of getting delayed because they are not doing the work right so when you talk, you will be able to get clear over the ideas of making the ways primary with adding new features in the products along with staying on track what you would be doing.
The team members can also talk with the product owner to understand the features of the products that how it should work and what should be the response rate of the product, the criteria and so on. No one needs to play the part of intermediary here with the agile project management so they have direct communication whether the person on higher management or not.
When there are smaller tasks where you can coordinate frequently and without any hassle get it completed from the ones which have completed their work beforehand. There are always people in the team which complete their work before anyone else but still do not like to sit idle so they can help the ones which may be having problems in getting the work done. Among the team members, if you feel like someone is there who needs training then you do need to identify their training needs to make sure that you can address their concerns and help them learn to do better in the organization. It will not only enhance their own performance but groom their personality in bringing more confidence that they now know all the work which can help them retain to the organization and they will work with complete motivation.
Handing off the work to someone else but you have to learn in between to so that when the tester time comes, you would not be in trouble of having it done wrong. You need to have complete information of how to get done with your task so that you are answerable to the upper management if you are ever asked how you have completed the project. There are not just on iterations which come but as soon as one ends, the other ones comes along and the process keeps on going so when you are working on the projects, do not think that you will get a break in between but you have to learn so that the next time you are able to do better and without any help. When the team members work with each other, they get to know the problems of others within some time without getting into any kind of fuss. They go out of the way to help each other due to the agile project management system which provides them the ease to do their work on their own with knowing that they have to report their own tasks by the end of the day. The team is ahead of the game when they are working with each other with having good moods and smoother flow in the environment.
Manageable Mix of Team
When there is a sprint ahead, it is necessary that you see the size of the project and then manage. Whether you need more people in the team and then there will be another hunt for the team member who can fit in. You have to find the programmer who can help and test the complete procedure to give the okay signal to the team that they are working well with each other. Each team member needs to be honest and true with each other in order to survive so you have to bring many of them together to get along and work for the company. Avoid those people whom you think won’t be able to survive no matter how good their work would be but you have to see the personality fit. You can teach the work to someone who does not know but you cannot modify the basic behavior of someone who is not ready to fit in the team and does not like to work in teams. It can be challenging sometimes to get all of them together and on the same track. Sometimes they can have misunderstandings which can bring a pause in the work and you have to make sure that they are on track even if there is a delay in the submission of daily task. All of them needs to be ahead of schedule so that there is time left for the testing part and corrections if needed. You cannot cross the deadline at all when you are working with the projects because it leaves a negative impression for the company and the entire team that they could not coordinate well. All of the team members need to embrace each other and avoid small mistakes which may happen with letting go so that the environment stays fine with following the rules and regulation.
Agile project management does not compromise on the rules and regulations of the company but makes sure that the flow of work is easy so that the quality of work is provided. According to the research, if you give full autonomy to the team members and give them the deadline, they tend to work better on their own pace with the coworkers which they adjust in the most. So the sense of teamwork is built when they are given the authority of the work they are expert in.
Teamwork plays a huge role in agile project management because without it, the project is incomplete. If you do not have a good team which does not know the means of working together then there can be a chance that the project may fail to reach the deadline. Each member needs to understand each other with being friends so that the work can be interesting for them and benefit the company in the other way too.
What to do when you adopt the Agile Project Management?
When testing the projects there will be the question whether how to start when the companies are working towards the agile project management? Should they take small projects or big ones to start with the agile project management? Agile project management is spreading the system through the organization where everyone has the contribution in making the project successful for the company. A lot of companies start small because they are scared that what if the system did not work but the system is not at the fault rather than the people who are working with the system may not know how to operate it well. A system is never to be blamed but the people who operate it, may be knowing the risk of how uncertain the instances can become when you are taking a project which needs to be done efficiently by the deadline.
Another question which may arise is that whether to take one project at a time or take the project after the one is done. Some of the organizations may start working with the overlapping system where they would have multiple agile small projects so that they can be efficient and have experience over it but that would not be wise. It is always better to start small whether it is a new business or a new system in your business. Not confusing yourself with the various techniques, the advice would be go into small patterns to understand the system in chunks first and then get a hold of a big project which you can handle easily without panicking. The main reason is that you cannot take risk with the big projects because if they fail then there will be a bad image of the company in the market which can be very risky for the survival of the business in the market. It is the image due to which the company sustains in the market which is in the mind of the clients. If the stakeholders know that you do not deliver the work on time and that too it is defective then who would want to get the products from you?
It is obvious that due to the competitive environment of the market, the company would not be doing so well because of the traditional project management which is why instead of consulting with any lawyer that you are going bankrupt, why don’t you try the agile project management which can help you in adopting new ways of management with keeping the phenomenon of work simpler than before. The growth may be slow but there will be growth over the period of time as you learn all the techniques with the agile project management which works efficiently.
When you start on the small projects, it is less expensive for you which can have the same transitions as the agile management does but at a cheaper rate, you will not be able to gain much out of it but for sure the learning would be extravagant. It will teach you a lot of new ways of handling the techniques with understanding the terms of market with the scrum master and the trainer. The internal grown and adoption of new ways will be worked upon with the expertise to help you grow within the market with a new rise again. There will be some mistakes which you would make initially but there is nothing to be panicked about because early mistakes leads to the success of the organization at some point. If you know what you are doing then you would reach to the point where you would no longer need the help and would be able to sustain yourself in the best manner.
When you start with the small projects, you are likely to get the early success off course which can add up the confidence that you do know the techniques and you are ready to take a big project. It can guarantee you that your company and the team members are ready to face the competitors on the larger scales with reaching the top of success within no time when you take large projects. The small projects work as a backup for you on the portfolio when you go for the request of large projects. You can avoid big risks and have the full authority over the projects with enabling yourself for the successful projects in future. The team can find out many easy ways to get done with the work along with gaining the experience of learning new things from the projects.
The Scrum Meetings and Procedures
When you are working on a project, it is important to take the team along with you which is why having scrum meetings is important. It was mentioned earlier in this book regarding the meetings but here we will look at it in more detail. Scrum meetings are held every day for the projects which are large in order to maintain te communication between the leader and the team mates. A single message for everyone to work on the common goal with knowing where they need to keep their focus and how they need to work. Integration, focus, work system and overlapping is discussed in the meeting. The meetings are held daily with the team with a scrum leader which belongs to the team but tends to be the technical contributor to the team. It could be a programmer, administrator, tester, designer or so on. So basically the team members report to the scrum leader by the end of the day and then the product owner is informed by the scrum leader. Whereas, the product owner has no restriction of reaching out the team mates anytime he/she wishes to. It is not a big of a deal if you are chosen as scrum leader but basically you play a role as a representative for the team mates to get their work done along with helping them out with the project. There are some of the layers which need to be followed consistently by the leader to have the meetings on daily basis which are effective as well and does not sound boring.
- Frequency of meetings
The frequency of the meetings need to be maintained without missing any day in between so that it becomes a routine that everyone has to be on time and attend the meeting daily for the information or knowledge. So if even they miss it, they will lose on big piece of information for the day. The meeting does not need to be more than 15 minutes daily unless there are huge concerns of the team mates. The meetings should remain potentially to the topic with having every day with the appropriate schedule and timing. Everyone needs to know that there will be a certain timing to attend the meeting. You can have the meetings in the beginning of the day or in the middle. The meetings are not there to solve your problems so make sure you do not end up discussing the issues but it is to remind the goal and target where everyone needs to work on. Some work which is pending and some work which has been done needs to be mentioned in the meetings. If there are any issues, individuals can see the scrum leader in their office for details. A problem which you may have would not be similar to someone else so why would you want to take their time and discuss your own personal problems? It is wise to visit the office and sort it out on your end so it does not affect anyone else’s work.
Every meeting in an organization has an agenda to follow but how about a meeting which is held for 15 minutes every day? Well, you still needs to have a proper agenda for it so that it consists of the information which can be useful and help the team members in working efficiently with answering their questions which are not even asked but could create a hassle while they are working. Each team member needs to answer certain questions that:
- What did they do yesterday?
- What are your goals for today?
- What are the obstacles which you faced yesterday and how would you overcome them?
These three questions need to be identified by every member where they have to answer and they cannot say that they did not face anything during the entire day. The last questions could work as a contribution for the scrum leader to know whether the person is capable of solving their own problems or you need to be around all the time to help them. if you see any problem while you are with them then make sure that you do not use any names because the one would be creating a problem would know it by themselves and try to sort it out themselves. This helps in not getting into the suspicion or argument with anyone would be think that they do the work right and the other is not. So prefer not to mention the names while you are mentioning which you observed which may create a big problem in the future for the project and may be a restrain for the project completion. Another thing during the meeting is that give equal importance to all the team members and do not just look at one person while you are delivering any message. You have to maintain the eye contact with everyone with discussing the agenda so that everyone is on the same page. Any backlog issue which you see needs to be discussed so it can be worked on further along with reminding about the deadline which they have to reach. If they do their tasks on daily basis then they will be able to reach the target so make sure that they report to you by the end of the day that they have completed the days task in order that the company does not get late for the project.
Scrum meetings have to make sure that everyone is doing the work and you are getting equal response from each individual. For the huge projects or even the smaller ones, you cannot ignore a team member if you feel like a certain individual is not performing well. The iterations can help you in reviewing it better with the formal conduct and backlog issues. There will be less of formal meetings when you would be seeing the agile project management systems because when things are casual at the environment, it helps in getting done with the work better than any other management which you may apply. You can never imply something on the individuals or enforce them to do the work which is why it is important that you take the job seriously and when there is leniency you have to take the complete responsibility of making it use at the best without any complaints from the higher authority because it disturbs the entire project and the temperament of the project.
Agile Project Checklist
A checklist is always important for you to measure whether you have missed on an important topic or not while you are working on the project. A project cannot run without planning which is why you have to make sure that you are cutting off the tasks which you have done and which you have it remaining so you can complete the project before the deadline. Deadlines are essential to follow for the project to make an image for your company that you provide quality work within the time frame which is required by the stakeholders. Finishing the project on time assures the stakeholders that the work has been organized with complete check on the progress to make sure that quality service has been provided by the team and leads to ensure the satisfaction of the stakeholders. The following checklist will help you make sure that you are on the track with the projects along with not missing on any single thing so you do not have to compromise over the quality of the products for the iterative which you provide to the stakeholders.
üFollowing the 12 main principles
üPlanning the agile project
üTracking the project
üKnowing the events of the project
üUnderstating the scope of agile life cycle
üImplementing the lifecycle
üHolding daily meetings
üKnowing the agenda of meetings
üConsistent approach of learning
üTransferring knowledge to the team members
üUnderstanding the conceptual phase
üFollowing the inception
üMoving to production
üKeeping updated and monitoring
üMoving to transition
üTesting the system
üMaking changes if required
üProduction of the system and feedback
üRetirement of the system within conditions.
üLooking back and improving with training of team mates.
These keys will help you to attain that end and when you will see all of them crossed over with one line, you will be satisfied as a leader that you have managed to complete the project with the agile project management techniques. Understanding the agile project management is not hard but when it comes to implementation then there can be obstacles which may be hard to manage. It will be difficult for the manager which is new into the projects but for someone who has handled a lot of projects, won’t find it hard to implement on the daily basis.
A huge demand of agile project management has rose in the market few years back when it emerged with the urgency to accept it as soon as possible due to the organizations which used it as a test and were successful at getting done with the projects effectively than its competitors. As the technology advances, there are changes which are meant to come in the processes and the entire organization has to go through the change which is hard for some people to resist. The change and the processes being changed in the organization can compel many people to leave the job but if they wish to accept the challenges, there is nothing which a person cannot learn. There are possibilities which are added into this book which will help you go through the project with the agile management even if you are doing it for the first time. All the successful companies in the market are currently following the agile project management depending upon their own genres which they excel in.
The systems are updated and services are being provided to the clients according to their own needs which helps them to retain the customers for long with providing them consistent services. The organizations do not need to depend on anyone but their success is in their own hands and the needs of the stakeholders. When they will make something which is wished by the stakeholders, it is obvious that they would like and would like to come back for it again along with recommending to others which would eventually work as a contribution for the growth of the company.
If the organizations do not adopt changes then it can be hard for them to survive due to the customers’ demands which change every day and with that, the organization has to modify as well because the market has become customer driven where it is necessary that the client is satisfied with your service because they works as the main asset for your success in the competitive market. If you are not offering something which the client needs then there will be some other similar company which will be doing the same and it won’t take a second for the client to shift to them to get the services more efficiently than you could have provided. Agile project management helps the companies reach the success which working with the projects in the effective ways of accepting change and helping the team work together understanding the main goal.
Everyone in the organization is aware of the goal with being clean on their tasks so that they are able to perform with their best of abilities to prove that the project can be done better with the collaboration and agile techniques where you do not have to spend a lot of time in making huge details but little time with quick details would help you get to the target easily with keeping up with the monitoring that everything is going on the track or not. Help your company and yourself so you can relate to an achievement with the help of agile project management which can flourish in future creating more opportunities for huge success in the market.