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True Agile - Principles for Project Management

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by , 03-23-2015 at 10:52 AM (223 Views)
True Agile - Principles for Project Management

Following principles are identified for Agile development which are helpful in project management.

1. Customer Focus
Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
2. Handle Changing Requirements
Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage.
3. Frequent work delivery
Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
4. Cross-functional collaboration
Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
5. Motivate, trust and support people
Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
6. Close communication and interactions (face-to-face)
The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
7. Working software
Working software is the primary measure of progress.
8. Constant velocity of development
Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
9. Good design and technical expertise
Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
10. Minimum process overhead and maximum result-oriented work
Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential.
11. Self-organized teams
The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
12. Learning and adjustment by the team for continuous improvement
At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

Though Agile is being looked at as a complex process at core, it is actually meant to make the software development simple and easy. If the project managers focus on above listed principles then success is not too far for them.

We will look into some of these principles in the other blog posts as “True Agile” series in detail.

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Ronak Shah
Practice Head (QA / Software Testing)
CIGNEX Datamatics

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