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AGILE: KEEP YOUR CAREER AND PROJECTS ON TRACK USING THE AGILE FRAMEWORK

by TheKnowledgeAcademy LTD Lead Training Provider

Traditional project management has grown up focused on typical engineering projects where the final product to be delivered is scoped, designed, built, tested and executed – in that order. This is ok if the customer knows what it needs precisely and the number of changes is relatively small. This paradigm is not so effective if the project is a quest to attain an objective and everything changes routinely.

 

Agile project management is a methodology ideally suited for developing projects where an iterative approach is essential to refine understanding and deliver value early, typical in many software and other ‘soft’ projects.

Because an IT process involves people, technologies, and a variety of other environmental factors, all of which are subject to change, it shouldn’t be viewed as having a static definition.

 People learn, technologies evolve, and business conditions change constantly. You want to be in tune with these changes and tap into the opportunities they present.

 The agile project management processes that you execute in your organization are likely to change over the years. As your staff becomes more skilled and your understanding deepens, you should take the opportunity to enhance your processes. However, it’s imperative to note that the basic principles don’t change, only your interpretation of them.

 

In Agile project management method, planning is more rationalized and focuses largely on addressing dependencies. Specific areas of focus include:

• Assembling the right team and ensuring that training requirements are addressed.

• Allocating meeting rooms for conducting JAD sessions and making sure that they’re sufficiently equipped.

• Procuring the products and services that the project will depend on (e.g., computing resources, software licenses, third-party services).

• Setting up suitable environments for development, build, system test and later on, production.

• Organizing access to the appropriate systems to be worked on by the project team.

• Organizing version control tools, environments, and processes.

•Recognizing points of contact for external dependencies, communication channels, and escalation procedures.

• Publishing an initial draft project plan. The project plan will be an evolving entity and never set in concrete. Avoid breaking down tasks to a low level of detail (e.g., expressed in hours). The dynamics of the project will make micro planning meaningless.

• Organizing project review meetings.

 

Good project management practices are as vital in agile as in traditional projects.

 

Attendees with Agile training would discover how your projects can easily and successfully make the transition to an effective Agile environment. Agile is an effective tool for use in delivering projects where the outcome is unsure. Whilst created as a software development methodology, many of the ideas can translate to mainstream project management.

 

 

 

 

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