In our work we prefer agile methods of project management are based on iterative patterns of actions when moving towards company goals. Unlike traditional methodology, APM focuses on working within a team of professionals structured in a way that disallows hierarchy. Such approach paired with efficient leading is the best to work in software development domains.
What is good old traditional project management and why do we not like it? It is a system based on leading the project from scratch to the very end in 5 defined stages:
- Initiation: when the idea about the product or service is being pushed and accepted by stakeholders.
- A stage focused mostly on calculations and estimations on project’s size and resource and time consumption.
- Execution of the project according to plan.
- Monitoring the results of previous and ongoing processes.
- Completing the project.
While the methodologies of TPM is established and there is a lot of skilled managers schooled to manage complex projects, the core “contra” of TPM is an inability to reactively correct the processes on every stage accordingly to consumers’ evaluation of the upcoming project. The very nature of the traditional method is against breaking the “flow”.
Agile project management is often called Extreme project management, which is a completely different iterative approach to managing a project. It has a lot in common with Scrum and also demands all interested parties to participate in managing.
APM is optimized to reactively change the product depending on customer’s reaction, release new prototypes after each scrum (or sprint), and constantly innovate while solving the tasks for the project. Instead of traditional stages, APM operates with short sprints of actions (1-4 weeks long). During each sprint the team solves new problems and removes various obstacles. We will show you how it is done, do not worry!
Agile project management teams usually consist of 5 parties:
- Development team full of professionals that can work together on equal footing and deliver results through collective brainstorming.
- Owner of the product who is often referred to as “customer representative”; Product owner is an expert on the product who deeply understands its features. This party ensures stakeholders that the product will satisfy the users.
- Scrum master or project facilitator is the key role to any APM project. SM creates an optimal environment for the team to work in the agile way.
- People who have any kind of interest in the product’s success. They provide valuable input on team performance and their vision of the product.
- Agile mentor is a role that emerged lately due to popularity of the concept. It is hard to teach a team how to work in the APM way, so an experienced mentor is often more than needed.
Implementing Agile project management in software development is a must for companies that try to create consumer-oriented products. Agile methods allow you to release prototypes between scrums and collect feedback from users to quickly react and implement new features that you would have never came up with while working with traditional project management methods.