The Agile method for project management provide developers countless of benefits or advantages compared to the most popular alternative, the waterfall technique. Despite producing better outputs as compared to other methods of project management, some organisations are still very reluctant to make use of the agile method for a variety of reasons.
In this article, we will explore why Agile is the best method to use for project management.
1. Quickly identify wrong methods
Since the agile framework initially requires your team to define or to document the methods to be used in the very beginning, it will be much easier to spot the specific elements that can be slowing up your process. Agile initially focuses on the concept of “failing quickly” to show the business progress on the daily, and in turn the project team can easily take out these elements to fine tune the project.
2. Decisions can be made swiftly
A team located in the same workplace can make an empowered decision almost instantly. But whether you’re using a physical or virtual agile software for your project such as a Scrum board, when the need arises, it will be easy to gather your project team for a sprint session and decide on what to add and what to remove in your highly transparent scrum board.
3. Teamwork results in many advantages
Since the work flow and tasks are transparent to everyone on the team, it makes the entire team accountable for the project’s entirety. In this way, your project team will surely have the same desire for the entire project to succeed. Because of this, all project team members are informed of any technical challenges that may result from the progress that the project is making.
Hence, further enhancing the understanding and knowledge of each project team member. This will greatly increase the chance to identify the best solution that will eventually lead to fulfilling the ultimate goal of agile teams: customer satisfaction.
4. Change is accepted as unavoidable and is embraced
On the onset of the project, it is clearly understood by the agile team that no one can exactly tell how the system works. But adopting agile in project management rids the team of the “analysis paralysis” almost instantly.
Using the agile methodology, for example, in a beta test software, will allow the agile team to develop repetition and constant corrections can be made along the way.
5. More substantial and effective final product
Since the agile team is focused on further developing the product, it will be highly effective in identifying the features that add business value to it.
Additionally, defining all of the requirements needed at the beginning of the project can enormously result in to the functionality that is being developed has only partial or of no use at all during the production.
6. Higher quality production method
Using the agile methodology will guarantee to significantly lower the number of flaws during the production stage. Thanks to your cross-functional team, an increase in the exchange of information through a very transparent conversation on how to further improve the product, through constant change will eventually polish your final product. All of this is possible through a series of sprint meetings spread throughout the duration of the project.
7. Heightened satisfaction with the final result
The initial agile principle is that your team’s utmost priority is customer satisfaction through timely and unceasing delivery of highly valuable product. Using the Scrum agile methodology in mapping out your team’s initial plan and work flow will immensely contribute to the business value of the products you produce; hence your team will be able to achieve its ultimate goal of satisfying the customer.
8. Accurate and time-efficient documentation
Since the project documentation is partial to the artifacts needed to accomplish a task, such as user stories, test cases, etc., it characterizes what has already been developed and establish against what might have been initially agreed to or planned.
Audit transparency and history is far better due to the fact that sign-offs are highly precise to unnoticeable features, as opposed to a single endorsement of dozen and hundreds of pages of project documentation.
The traditional way of development methods would require the agile team to spend a huge amount of time on documentation alone that they might not able to maintain or use at all.
At this point, you might be wondering that if the Agile project management method is this amazing, why don’t more companies and organizations use it? Well there are several reasons, but mainly because of the fact that most companies are not risk takers and adopting the agile methodology or using agile software for their already established team and methods can be a great big change.
Additionally, there are times that the agile methodology does not work for certain teams and is left abandoned eventually. This is due to the fact that companies and organizations felt that the first failure they have experienced in using the agile methodology scared them off. What they do not fully understand is that there may be a wide range of reasons as to why it did not work for them in the first place, for example, perhaps the team has yet applied agile’s initial principle and is then told specifically what to do or how to go about agile. Having a demanding procedure for agile development is illogical.
The best way to make the agile methodology work for a team is to simply find a project team that is willing to adopt the agile methodology with the freedom to also adopt the various techniques that comes with agile that will work best for a specific project. Eventually, you will be seeing amazing results, and hopefully the project team will adopt the method and become advocates for it. In the long run, working with the same project team will be better and more seamless, resulting to higher quality products, and better customer satisfaction.