Agile project management
What is agile project management? It's an effective and modern management system that applies Agile methodology to the planning and supervision of software development projects. Agile project management promotes the organizational concepts of transparency, adaptive frameworks, continuous integration, and cross functionality, allowing for an increase in flexibility and labor efficiency.
Here at Opinov8 we see firsthand the importance of utilizing Agile methodologies in the process of large-scale project development. We are passionate about helping you implement this modern and adaptive project management system.
When utilizing Agile project management methodologies, there is not a typical hierarchical structure of workers. Each worker is aware of the full scope and target of the finished product. Agile project management methodology leads to project transparency which allows employees to better self manage their tasks; it also fosters greater cross-functional collaboration between various project teams and departments.
One of the core concepts of Agile methodology is flexibility. Large projects are broken down into smaller sections known as “sprints”. Working with sprints allows for a more autonomous system of continuous development, resulting in quicker, cleaner and more self-regulated code. When broken into sprints the software is more accommodating to change and refactoring, increasing the flexibility of the project.
Scrum is an agile framework, promoting a heuristic approach that optimizes collaboration between teams on complex projects. Scrum promotes a more efficient system of checkpoints and progress monitoring. Scrum also divides workers into cross functional teams, who hold daily meetings to discuss accomplished work, obstacles in the project and the future project agenda. The scrum framework allows for the handling of unpredictability and complex problems with greater efficiency.
Kanban is always about visualizing your work (board), limiting work in progress (amount of tasks in one state), and maximizing efficiency or flow. Kanban team focuses on reducing the time it takes to take a user story from start to finish. Methodology is great for teams that have lots of incoming requests that vary in priority and size. Whereas scrum processes require high control over what is in scope, kanban lets you go with the flow.
Increased product stability
According to agile project management principles, the use of sprints and continuous integration in the development cycle means that bugs, errors and obstacles can be diagnosed early in the production stages. Teams can quickly review and fix these issues before it is sent to market. This workflow ultimately allows for a more flexible and stable finished product.
Faster development cycle
Agile project management supports worker autonomy and self-organization. Through the use of frameworks, such as Scrum, workers are able to more effectively collaborate and communicate their incremental contributions to the project during the development process. This leads to a more streamlined and speedier development cycle.
More cost effective system
The implementation of an Agile project management system results in resources being allocated more efficiently, a faster development cycle and a product that is more flexible and stable. Financially damaging issues such as major code refactoring, last minute overhauls and the potential delaying of the product’s release are unlikely to occur under this management system.