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Agile project management can seem daunting to anyone who isn’t familiar with it. But it doesn’t need to be.
This quick e-course will introduce you to everything Agile, so you can hit the ground running and start getting more done.
This is a crash course, so we’ll be moving quickly. Let’s get started.
Seems obvious, but let’s make sure we’re all talking about the same thing. At its core, Agile project management is all about incremental, feedback-driven work that allows your team to work on tasks simultaneously.
When creating the Agile Manifesto, the founders of Agile defined four key values and 12 supporting principles.
Together, the key values and guiding principles of Agile project management enable teams to deliver projects that welcome change and make the customer the priority.
In short, it’s because Agile prioritizes speed and feedback.
Compare Agile to Waterfall, where projects are linear and a step can only be started once the previous one has been completed. When you have a roadblock in Agile, teams can spot them right away and keep moving forward. They don’t hold the entire team up.
More specifically, here’s why Agile rules:
Feedback loops - Agile emphasizes quick feedback loops. By keeping feedback a key part of the process, teams end up with a better product at the end.
Communication - Since everyone on the team checks in on a regular basis, projects stay on track and communication channels are always open.
Iteration - In Agile, an iteration is a short period of time where the team prioritizes work based on customer or user feedback — an ideal way to kick off a project. Everything from analysis, design, build, and quality assurance happens within a quick few weeks.
Contrary to popular belief, Agile isn’t just for software developers.
This project management approach can be seen at work in many other industries including marketing, law, engineering and construction.
You probably keep hearing the term, “Scrum,” and wonder how it applies to Agile methodology.
Simply put, Scrum is a lightweight, flexible framework focused on delivering the final product in the shortest amount of time. Scrum is one of the implementations of Agile methodology.
Sound good so far? Great. Let’s talk about getting your team involved.
What is an Agile team?
In Agile, the team structure is key to the success of the project.
Your team needs an Agile mindset and a set of shared values, principles, and tools.
This is it. You’re now ready to create your first Agile project.
First, you’ll need a project board.
In Hubstaff Tasks, you can choose from over 50 project board templates or create your own from a blank slate.
Next, you’ll add your team members to the project, and customize your columns for your business.
The most basic board has three columns (To do, Doing, and Done), but you can create as many as you need.
Want every task to go through you for final review? Add a Review column.
You can even automate workflows so that one button moves a task to the next column and assigns the right person.
Stay on track with streamlined Agile project management software.