Agile Project Management with scrum is a modern approach in which the project is broken down into smaller deliverables known as sprints or iterations. This ensures that the feedback is incorporated in each stage and the team can adapt quickly. This methodology involves shorter development cycles and frequent product releases as the overall task is broken down.
The applicability of this methodology is vast and is being used in various industries, the most popular of which is the software and web development industry. However it’s also being used in construction, education, and even in the marketing industry.
Dtech Systems is a web development company based in Saudi Arabia that uses the agile project management approach versus the traditional approach. As a result, the projects are deemed more flexible and the client gets to be involved throughout the process.
There are four main values that form the basis of the agile project management approach.
1. Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools
Preference is given to human interactions over predefined processes and tools. Fixating on processes and tools hinders adaptability which goes against the ethos of agility. Hence for ensuring flexibility, people need to be the focus.
2. Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation
In traditional management approaches, extensive documentation was required. Every detail and stage was heavily documented resulting in separate documents for technical requirements, technical prospectus, interface designs, test plans and so on. However, with this approach, the developer is not burdened with paperwork and instead, documentation is kept to a bare minimum.
3. Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation
In traditional project management approaches, extensive negotiation is carried out with the client at the beginning of the project regarding all requirements, this was known as the waterfall approach. However, in the agile project management versus waterfall, collaboration with the client is involved throughout the process so that feedback is incorporated consistently.
4. Responding to Change over Following a Plan
In traditional approaches, change was avoided and was seen as a hindrance to the overall project. In this approach, however, changes are allowed throughout the process. After each sprint, a discussion is held with the client and the required changes are made.
The following six steps form the basis of the agile project management methodology.
In the initial stage, the primary project planning will be carried out. This usually includes drafting the scope of the project however the scope is still considered to be open to change.
2. Product Roadmap
This stage is comprised of the breakdown of the project. Each project is planned on the basis of its features. This breakdown is utilized when planning the output of each sprint.
3. Planning Releases
In the conventional waterfall method, the release is planned for the end of the project. However, in this case, releases are planned for each sprint. The project is divided into multiple sprints composed of certain features and is shared with the client accordingly.
4. Sprint Planning
A thorough sprint planning is conducted in which the responsibility and workload of each resource is decided along with how the tasks would be achieved.
5. Daily Meetings
Daily meetings known as stand-ups are an important agile project management tool which are conducted in which all the stakeholders discuss the tasks accomplished the day before and the tasks that they plan to work on that day. This process ensures transparency and informs the scrum master regarding any obstacles.
6. Sprint Review and Retrospective
At the conclusion of each sprint, a sprint review meeting is kept in which all the project stakeholders review the final sprint product. Secondly, a retrospect meeting is held in which there is a discussion regarding the actual sprints i.e. discussing any issues faced, things that went well, etc. to help improve the overall sprint process.
Considering all these benefits Dtech Systems favored the agile project management methods instilling flexibility and establishing a collaborative environment. Contact us for more information regarding our services.