Agile Project Management

Agile Business Consortium

Why the Agile Approach to Project Management?

The ISO 9000 view of quality, which is ‘achieving customer satisfaction and meeting product requirements’, fits perfectly with the Agile approach to project management. The Agile processes and techniques help to ensure that what is produced meets the users need. Agile has been recognised as an appropriate project management approach for ISO nine thousand and one accreditation. Delta Digital is a registered member of the Agile Business Consortium.

We can help engage users and stakeholder with:

  • Facilitated Workshops
  • Modelling
  • collaborative planning
  • regular reviews

The Foundation phase, the use of MoSCoW prioritisation and having business roles as part of the Solution Development Team can help to ensure proper consideration of requirements from the outset. Facilitated workshops, stand-ups, ongoing and focussed user involvement, modelling and Timeboxing helps to ensure the right people are involved at the right time. Timeboxing, MoSCoW prioritisation, regular review sessions and the involvement of the business roles as part of the solution development team, all contribute to evolving the solution according to the business need.Ongoing and independent testing, regular review sessions and defined product quality and acceptance criteria all contribute to validating the solution against the requirements. Compared to standard “audit” style quality management processes in more traditional projects, Agile presents a simple but pragmatic approach.

Agile Principle 1

Focus on the Business Need

One of the major strengths of Agile Project Management is the high level of direct involvement from the business on projects. It is important that this is maintained throughout the project. Moscow technique: Must have, Should have, Could have, Won’t have for now. Ongoing committment from the stakeholders is essential. A lack of commitment is often the source of failure. Commitment is required from the Business Sponsor, the Business Visionary, the Business Advisor and the Business Ambassador.

Agile Principle 2

Deliver on Time

On time delivery is often the single most important success factor for the business. Late delivery can undermine the whole rationale for the project, especially if there are market deadlines or legislative deadlines.

The two key techniques that support this principle are the use of Timeboxing and the application of MoSCoW prioritisation. Timeboxing concentrates on delivering on time at the lowest level which means on time delivery at the highest level is guaranteed.

MoSCoW prioritisation of the requirements within the Timebox and continually reviewing what can be achieved in the agreed timeframe, ensures that Timeboxes finish on time every time.

Agile Principle 3

Collaboration

The strong emphasis on collaboration between all parties in Agile Project Management enables teams to perform at a level that exceed the sum of their parts.

  • Involve the right stakeholders at the right time throughout the project
  • Ensure team members are empowered to make decisions on behalf of those they represent
  • Actively involve business representatives
  • Build one-team culture

Supported by Defining Business Roles and Facilitated Workshops

AgilePM® is an agile project delivery framework that delivers the right solution at the right time. It harnesses the knowledge, experience and creativity of end users and uses an iterative lifecycle to evolve the most appropriate solution that satisfies the project objectives.

By breaking the project down into short, focused periods of time, each with clearly specified outcomes, control is exercised throughout by clearly defined roles. Work is divided into Timeboxes with immoveable deadlines and agreed outcomes.

Agile Project Management Stages