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Agile Project Management 101: Your Ultimate Guide

By focusing on continuous improvements, agile project management distances itself away from developing products/services in a traditionally linear manner. Today, businesses are adopting this project management methodology to use a range of shorter development cycles for improving continually while delivering features. With agile project management, businesses can now take advantage of continuous delivery, continuous integration, and rapid development.

Here’s your ultimate guide to agile project management.

What is agile project management?

In simple words, it’s a project management approach that involves breaking down the project into multiple steps and practicing continuous improvement and constant collaboration at every phase.

When a project kicks off, teams cycle through the planning, execution, and evaluation process. It’s important to collaborate continuously, both with the stakeholders of the project and the team members.

Being agile: the benefits

While initially agile practices were introduced for software firms to improve and streamline the process of development. This allowed the firms to swiftly pinpoint defects and issues, and make adjusts accordingly. Thanks to this methodology, the teams and developers use interactive, iterative, and short sprints/sessions to deliver a better product in a relatively short amount of time.

Similar to other businesses, if your company is also looking to migrate to a digital workplace, an agile methodology will help you. It can help ensure enterprise-wide methodological and process alignment. Here are some benefits that being agile can offer your business:

  • Greater flexibility

  • Greater productivity

  • Greater transparency

  • Higher quality deliverables

  • Increased stakeholder satisfaction and engagement

  • Reduced risk of missed objectives

Agile project management: the advantages

In the realm of project management, agile offers customers, project leaders, sponsors, and project teams a plethora of project-specific benefits, for example

  • A lightweight framework

  • Adaptability to change and greater flexibility

  • Better turnaround times

  • Greater focus on customer needs

  • Greater frequency of feedback and collaboration

  • Minimization of resources, leading to reduced waste

  • More focused efforts, leading to greater success

  • Optimized development processes

  • Quicker detection of defects and issues

  • Rapid deployment of solutions

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Agile project management: the drawbacks

Similar to any other methodology, agile isn’t suitable for all projects.

If a team or project manager doesn’t function well under substantial pressure, or if they’re inexperienced, or if a customer isn’t clear on their goals, agile project management might simply not work. Yes, agile project management favors customers’ goals, project teams, and of course, the developers, it doesn’t prioritize User Experience (UX).

Plus, if you’re an owner of a traditional, larger organization where there’s enough flexibility or rigidity within teams, policies, or processes, agile may be difficult to absorb because agile itself has flexible, less formal processes.

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