The Advantages of Agile Project Management


No doubt you have heard the phrase Agile pro­ject man­age­ment a few times, ei­ther on Linkedin, from a co-worker or in a we­bi­nar at some point over the last few years. It seems like every or­gan­i­sa­tion has some form of Agile pro­ject man­age­ment im­ple­mented. Today I will be ex­plor­ing some of the key ad­van­tages I see in sub­scrib­ing to the Agile method­ol­ogy and how it can im­pact your busi­ness.

1. Change man­age­ment

The first, and most ob­vi­ous ad­van­tage of Agile pro­ject man­age­ment is that you have the abil­ity to man­age change more ef­fec­tively. This is a re­sult of break­ing a pro­ject into smaller ‘iterations’ and re­view­ing the work through each step of the pro­ject as a team. If the team un­cov­ers some­thing that is­n’t work­ing, or some­thing that could be im­proved then you can pivot and quickly change di­rec­tion by adding new or al­tered back­logged items into the next it­er­a­tion ac­cord­ingly.

2. Build what’s most im­por­tant first

When us­ing an Agile soft­ware de­vel­op­ment method­ol­ogy, you build out the list of re­quire­ments in a back­log in or­der of pri­or­ity, this in turn en­sures your de­vel­op­ment re­sources are adding what’s most valu­able first to the pro­ject.

3. Total trans­parency

Agile soft­ware de­vel­op­ment is highly trans­par­ent in na­ture due to the com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­quire­ments. Daily stand-ups and ret­ro­spec­tives al­low for the team and key stake­hold­ers to stay in­formed on what is hap­pen­ing at each stage of the pro­ject al­low­ing for smoother pro­ject man­age­ment.

4. Reduced risk

Agile soft­ware de­vel­op­ment greatly re­duces the risk of pro­ject fail­ure due to the way it is struc­tured, com­plet­ing work in short bursts (sprints) en­sures you ei­ther suc­ceed on that piece of work, or, you fail fast and can re-as­sess your pri­or­i­ties.

Constant feed­back loops through daily scrum meet­ings and open de­vel­op­ment team com­mu­ni­ca­tion through re­views and ret­ro­spec­tives en­sure that the pro­ject man­age­ment team are aware of what is hap­pen­ing at each stage.

5. Better team col­lab­o­ra­tion

All of the team mem­bers are re­quired to work to­gether closely in Agile soft­ware de­vel­op­ment. The daily scrum meet­ings (or hud­dles) al­low a plat­form for de­brief­ing, col­lab­o­rat­ing to un­cover block­ers, fu­ture work and team up­skilling.

6. Improved cash­flow

All of the fea­tures and user ben­e­fits are dis­cussed and planned prior to work be­gin­ning as well as dur­ing the build. Because of this, Agile soft­ware teams are able to pri­ori­tise tasks in or­der of key fea­tures and func­tion­al­ity, al­low­ing the pro­ject man­age­ment team to get an MVP out sooner than tra­di­tional de­vel­op­ment meth­ods. With a prod­uct to mar­ket sooner, you can be­gin test­ing and mea­sur­ing what ad­di­tional func­tion­al­ity the user base is ask­ing for.



7. Bottom line

Agile pro­ject man­age­ment and Agile soft­ware de­vel­op­ment of­fer nu­mer­ous ad­van­tages over tra­di­tional pro­ject man­age­ment method­olo­gies like wa­ter­fall. There will al­ways be risk when em­bark­ing on a new pro­ject, the char­ac­ter­is­tics out­lined in Agile pro­ject man­age­ment, I be­lieve, of­fer a way for low­er­ing those in­her­ent risks whilst de­liv­er­ing con­sis­tent value.

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Josh Beatty

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