What is Agile Project Management?

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By Chris Dunne

agileHow often has your IT department been asked to present their ideas on developing innovative software, or a new app for the mobile device market, or the implementation of some piece of infrastructure?

No doubt, the traditional method of managing such projects came into play: a number of people coming together with ideas; appointment of a project leader, deadlines handed out with budget requirements accompanying each step through to product delivery.

As your organisation continues to grow, and more demands are placed on your IT department, you may be witnessing unsuccessful solutions, or even failure to deliver what your CIO is asking for. Typically this occurs because by the time the project team are assembled and working toward a goal, the requirements have changed.

In such occurrences, it’s paramount to consider the advantages of outsourcing your IT WishList, as it were, to a company well versed in the Agile Project Management (PM) process: Daysha Consulting.

At its core, Agile PM uses an approach where all of the project’s requirements  are continually revisited and reassessed based on their contribution to business value. This happens throughout the project and allow us to deal with inevitable changes that occurs as the business environment changes. The end result of what’s been described as an “iterative” and “incremental” process is the opportunity to keep the project team focused on what’s important to the business and handle change effectively.

Projects are typically organized into 2 or 4 week sprints. The goal of each sprint is to produce something that can be demonstrated so that you can get feedback from the business and refine your deliverable.

The traditional project manager roles changes. It is less command-and-control oriented and the focus is on facilitating the process, removing any impediments to the teams progress, and performing typical project management duties such as reporting progress, risk management, and issues tracking.

The project team rather than the project manager is responsible for figuring out the best way to deliver the business objectives. The team decides collaboratively how to resolve issues, who to assign tasks to, what technologies and practices to use.

Agile Project Management at Daysha

When an organisation partners with Daysha, they’ll receive our best practices in all phases of the assigned project, be it Software as a Service (SaaS) or Project Management as a Service (Pmaas).

The greatest advantage to our clients is the flexibility they have in choosing the various stages they wish our firm to engage in, allowing them to keep full control of costs along the way.

Contact us the next time you’re thinking of using traditional practices to solve complex business problems. We offer staff Project Management augmentation services on and off site as well as Defined PM services.

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