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In February 2001, 17 software professionals, who called themselves “The Agile Alliance”, met at a Utah ski resort to create what they called a “Manifesto of Agile Software Development”. The Agile Manifesto is the name of this document that emphasizes four values as well as 12 principles.
Although the individuals who met in Utah weren’t the original pioneers of agile, they did cement the values that had been simmering for some time in software development. The agile methodology is now used in almost every industry.
We took some time to examine the methodology to understand how agile can be applied to project management and traditional projects.
We will focus on the 12 principles and the four values that underpin the agile philosophy. We will also discuss the differences in the agile and waterfall approaches and look at some popular agile project management methods. Finally, we will name our top 10 Agile tools for 2020.
This article explains.
What is Agile Approach?
Key Components of Agile
Fundamental Principles Of Agile
The First Steps in Agile
Benefits of Agile PM
Popular Agile PM Software
What is the Agile Approach?
Agile project management is a process for developing products that uses iterative methods to deliver products.
Instead of following a linear route like other project management methods, this approach encourages adaptability and responsiveness to any changes that may occur during the project lifecycle or within a development phase.
Structure is the main difference between traditional and agile approaches to project management. The Association for Project Management (APM) outlines this primary difference. It notes that while waterfall approaches “treat scope as the driver, calculate the consequential cost and time,” agile “commits resources over limited periods to deliver products that have been developed over successive cycles.”
The agile approach is different from traditional project management methods because it has four core values.
The most important stakeholders in agile are people, not processes and tools.
Agile is client-centric. Agile is client-centric. It values the achievement of results over rigidly adhering to contracts.
Agile is a highly responsive approach that favors flexibility over rigid structures.
Agile values problem-solving more than record-keeping.
Key components of Agile
The agile project management approach focuses on five components to ensure that clients and people are involved in the project.
User stories: Agile uses a brief outline from the client’s perspective to estimate the amount of work required and what the final product should look. This is in keeping with its customer-centric approach.
Sprints: Agile development work is done in short cycles called sprints. These usually last one to three weeks. Each Sprint is planned by teams. At the end of each Sprint, the team presents and reviews the work and plans for the future.
Agile board: This can be a physical board, or a project management software tool that keeps track of team progress.
Backlogs are outstanding deliverables within the system. These are often referred to by the product backlog in the sprint planning process.
The 12 Fundamental Principles Of Agile
The Agile Manifesto was created in 2001 by software professionals who met in Utah. It outlines the 12 principles and agile values that underpin the current philosophy.
Customer satisfaction is achieved through consistent delivery of value at the right time.
Accepting change, regardless of when it occurs during the day