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Agile Project Management and the Benefits It Offers

Agile project management, an approach developed from the 2001 Agile Manifesto, is a repetitive approach to product delivery that builds increasingly from the beginning of the project, rather than trying to deliver the whole product at once toward the end. It works by separating projects down into smaller units of user functionality, assigning them high priority, and then delivering them regularly in 2-4 week cycles termed iterations or sprints.

Teams perform in quick cycles intended for constant improvement to provide what the users want specifically. The team defines work goals ahead of every cycle. For questions about the function, the team communicates directly with the customer. The Product Owner studies the priorities of the customer before relaying them to the team, which then proceeds to work on the items with topmost priority. The team assesses how much time the work will take in an iteration, and how to do the work as well.

Performance is then evaluated by customers as the iteration closes. Any lessons learned in each iteration are recorded and used for future iterations.

Advantages of Agile Principles and Agile Methodology

Agile training is a great way to bring the organization and team on the same page with Agile foundations and associated implementation approaches. With agile training, several misconceptions about Agile operations can be eliminated. It can help explain underlying Agile concepts too and explain how the various implementation methods differ from one another.

Usually, when organizations talk about “Agile” problems, they are talking about the challenges with implementing an Agile methodology. Eliminating some of these issues is possible by making each member of the organization and team (technical and business) attend common training, preferably altogether in one class. The entire team must get the same message and learn the same concepts, and implementation tactics, thereby creating a uniform language and perspective. Such shared understanding is critical to preventing conflicts in the future.

Benefits of Agile Methodologies

Excellent Product Quality

Constant testing to ensure proper functioning of the product during the development Timely definition and explanation of requirements Adding constant integration and daily testing to the development process Sprint retrospectives to unceasingly improve processes and work Software development in small but quick cycles

More Customer Satisfaction

Showing working functionalities of the product to customers Delivering products for faster and more frequent marketing Holding customers’ interest

More Project Control

Sprint meetings daily Using information radiators for transparency

Lower Risks

Development in sprints Freedom in implementing recent changes Adjusting to the needs and preferences of the client

Quicker ROI

Focus on business value, enabling the client to set the priority of features A working and marketable product after few iterations Rapid product releases and gauging customer response
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