What is Agile?
Agile is a time boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds software incrementally from the start of the project, instead of trying to deliver it all at once near the end.
Agile software development describes an approach to software development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organizing cross-functional teams and their customer(s)/end users(s). It advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, and continuous improvement, and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change.
Why choose agile?
Teams choose agile so they can respond to changes in the marketplace or feedback from customers quickly without derailing a year’s worth of plans. “Just enough” planning and shipping in small, frequent increments lets your team gather feedback on each change and integrate it into future plans at minimal cost.
But it’s not just a numbers game—first and foremost, it’s about people. As described by the Agile Manifesto, authentic human interactions are more important than rigid processes. Collaborating with customers and teammates is more important than predefined arrangements. And delivering a working solution to the customer’s problem is more important than hyper-detailed documentation.
An agile team unites under a shared vision, then brings it to life the way they know is best. Each team sets their own standards for quality, usability, and completeness. Their “definition of done” then informs how fast they’ll churn the work out. Although it can be scary at first, company leaders find that when they put their trust in an agile team, that team feels a greater sense of ownership and rises to meet (or exceed) management’s expectations.
Scrum is a subset of Agile. It is a lightweight process framework for agile development, and the most widely-used one.
- A “process framework” is a particular set of practices that must be followed in order for a process to be consistent with the framework. (For example, the Scrum process framework requires the use of development cycles called Sprints, the XP framework requires pair programming, and so forth.)
- “Lightweight” means that the overhead of the process is kept as small as possible, to maximize the amount of productive time available for getting useful work done.
A Scrum process is distinguished from other agile processes by specific concepts and practices, divided into the three categories of Roles, Artifacts, and Time Boxes. These and other terms used in Scrum are defined below. Scrum is most often used to manage complex software and product development, using iterative and incremental practices. Scrum significantly increases productivity and reduces time to benefits relative to classic “waterfall” processes. Scrum processes enable organizations to adjust smoothly to rapidly-changing requirements, and produce a product that meets evolving business goals. An agile Scrum process benefits the organization by helping it to
- Increase the quality of the deliverables
- Cope better with change (and expect the changes)
- Provide better estimates while spending less time creating them
- Be more in control of the project schedule and state
Book : Agile Project Management
In understanding methodologies and agile project management, we look at the different techniques in which you can successfully develop management skills. As you know, it is quite important to adopt a multifaceted approach when it comes to management, to get your job done in a facile manner.
Agile methodology is a multifaceted approach that finds its application in many different fields and can be considered an umbrella concept. Right from engineering to IT to business management, there are many areas where one can effectively apply the ideologies of agile management. Once you go through the book, you will understand how easy it is for you to adopt and utilize it to enhance your business.
The agile management technique focuses on four main aspects, namely – effective communication with clients/parties, delivering a work application, collaborating with clients and changing up the scope of work.
All of these need to be controlled and managed in order to enhance productivity. That is exactly where this book comes into play.
In the course of this book, you will learn how to:
- Understanding the iterative learning process
- Learning about the agile software development techniques
- The scope of management
- Meaning and features of agile manifesto
- Dynamic system development model and its applications
- The phases of the Atern project
- Understanding of the scrum theory
- Sprint reviews and sprint retrospectives
- Service designs and transitions
- Service operations
- Lean development principles
- Operational level management techniques
- Steps to enhance focus
Agile management basically focuses on enhancing communication within the organizational structure to ensure that you remain with free flowing ideologies. It is a good way to increase your productivity while managing your work environment. The book focuses on understanding each and every element by breaking it down to the simplest form. The concepts are explained in such a way that they allow you to implement them in your work life. You can go through the concepts in detail to understand each and every aspect of it. There is no limit to its application and you can mold it into any shape or form of your choice. You can pass a copy of the book to all your employees so that they can understand what it takes to partake in agile management of business. You can also consider holding a seminar or a book reading session where everybody can interpret their ideologies in their own way.