Agile Project Management

Agile management, or agile process management, or simply agile refers to an iterative, incremental method of managing the design and build activities of engineering, information technology and other business areas that aim to provide new product or service development in a highly flexible and interactive manner;…It requires capable individuals from the relevant business, openness to consistent customer input, and management openness to non-hierarchical forms of leadership. — Agile management – Wikipedia

What is agile?

Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service.

These are the 12 key principles that still guide agile project management today.

  1. Customer satisfaction is always the highest priority; achieved through rapid and continuous delivery.
  2. Changing environments are embraced at any stage of the process to provide the customer with a competitive advantage.
  3. A product or service is delivered with higher frequency.
  4. Stakeholders and developers closely collaborate on a daily basis.
  5. All stakeholders and team members remain motivated for optimal project outcomes, while teams are provided with all the necessary tools and support, and trusted to accomplish project goals.
  6. Face-to-face meetings are deemed the most efficient and effective format for project success.
  7. A final working product is the ultimate measure of success.
  8. Sustainable development is accomplished through agile processes whereby development teams and stakeholders are able to maintain a constant and ongoing pace.
  9. Agility is enhanced through a continuous focus on technical excellence and proper design.
  10. Simplicity is an essential element.
  11. Self-organizing teams are most likely to develop the best architectures, designs and meet requirements.
  12. Regular intervals are used by teams to improve efficiency through fining tuning behaviors.

Why Agile?

Agile was originally developed for the software industry to streamline and improve the development process in order to more rapidly identify and adjust for issues and defects and works across a wide spectrum of improvement projects beyond just software.

 

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