For all you traditional, predictive project managers out there, who are wondering: how to do an agile project, I am going to answer that question, in this video.
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Some Essential Notes about the Guide to Agile Project Management
First, note that there is no single way to do an agile project.
There are many methodologies and infinite varieties of hybrids. Every project needs its own, subtly different variant.
And second, I am no agilest.
I am reporting to you, having studied the subject and this is no more than a basic introduction.
But I am not going to tell you about the Agile Manifesto or the 12 principles or any of that. This is going to be both practical and simple.
And finally, for this reason, I shan’t bother trying to define a ‘basic project’.
Let’s just understand that this approach will give you the basics to make your project management a bit more agile.
The Essential Elements of an Agile Project
Establish feasibility and the basic scope of what you want to do.
Break your agile project up into short phases. These are called sprints. Aim to deliver something useful in each one. And set them in a logical sequence with foundational and higher priorities first.
Set out your idea of how the agile project will develop different features over time.
Don’t worry about the detail of what you will do in later phases. Just keep a list of all the things you may need or want to do. That list is your backlog.
Set out the main features to develop in each of the first few sprints. You will revise this frequently, at the start of each sprint.
At the start of each sprint, draw down an amount of work from the backlog that matches your capacity for the sprint. Sprints usually last from 1 to 4 weeks with 2 weeks a common duration. The backlog items you commit to a sprint are the Sprint Backlog.
During the sprint, the team takes each feature or product through the lifecycle of:
Often called morning stand-ups or, in Scrum, scrum meetings. They help the team to understand one another’s progress and plans for the coming day, and support each other through setbacks. They keep the agile project team fully coordinated.
Sprint Review and Retrospective
The team demonstrates their completed work to users at the Sprint Review. This is where users can do a final acceptance test before committing to accept the new feature or product into beneficial use. Afterward, the development team meets to discuss the process it has gone through, to learn lessons, and craft even better ways of working: the Sprint Retrospective.
See our video: What is a Sprint Retrospective? | Video – which also discusses Sprint Reviews.
This is followed by the Sprint Planning for the next sprint.
Ongoing Activities throughout Agile Projects
Throughout all of this, you will maintain active work on things like:
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What Kit does a Project Manager Need?
I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own.
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