This is an article written by Isidora Rosskic.
To be able to manage agile projects successfully, you must first understand the concept of Agile. What is agile? How did it all begin? What does it really encompass?
If you have all the answers, you are well on your way to success! If you don’t know the answers, then the following will help.
It all started here
Join the scrum
Making the transition to agile
It all started here
The agile movement was first introduced by Winston Royce, a doctor.
Royce sought an alternative to the traditional project management approach that was based on an assembly-line routine. He believed that projects should be managed completely differently.
He believed that project teams would be more resilient to uncertainty if they worked in a pattern of incremental steps. The pattern is now known as sprints.
These are very useful for project managers who use agile methods as they allow all aspects to be reviewed and analyzed to identify any problems.
The Agile Manifesto was a way to codify the important aspects of agile working practices and share them with a wider community.
If you decide to use this approach, there are many things that you need to remember as a project manager. Let’s begin with three things that make agile projects unique from what you might be used too.
Many teams are self-directed. This is something you need to be aware of. They should be able to do their work as they wish, provided they follow all company policies and guidelines.
This means that you don’t have to be there for every movement. You can set project objectives and clarify any confusion, but once you’re done, take a step back and let them do their thing.
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Agile management is less involved than other methods (such as waterfall). It is very common to develop project requirements as needed and let end users think about the desired outcomes.
You will need to be able to see how this could impact the final project outcome as a project manager. After your sprints are completed, the final result may be different from what you originally envisioned.
It is your responsibility to keep the vision alive and to ensure that the project’s objectives are met, even if the output or deliverables are not what you expected.
You should not only monitor the overall progress of the project, but also provide constructive feedback to all members of your team as a project manager in an agile environment.
Task performers have more freedom in the way they do their work so it is important to give feedback.
Feedback can be given in both directions. To get feedback from customers and other stakeholders, you must also seek information about your products and projects. This can be done by adopting a customer-centric approach to the project.
It is crucial to learn from your mistakes and develop future deliverables. Agile project management can be complicated to grasp at first. It’s important to get users involved and on your side while you try out new ways of doing it. You are all part of the same team.
These 3 points will help you get to the core of the framework.
Join the scrum
It’s also known as “scrum”. Scrum is one of many Agile frameworks. This article focuses on it. It uses specific roles, agile ceremonies, meetings and events to deliver the final product at a particular time.