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Successful Solutions Through Agile Project Management

Delivering customer value is the key aspect of Agile project management. The focus is on driving user and stakeholder collaboration to operate a singular project vision.

Agile project management is a highly iterative process in which constant communication between the customer (end user) and the project team is inherent to its success.

While traditional project management is task-driven and assumes that circumstances affecting the project are predictable, Agile project management operates in a more fluid, adaptive environment.

The users and stakeholders are partnered in a collaborative effort focused on the project vision and the end result, and Agile project managers must migrate from management to leadership, from monitoring compliance to enabling self-direction and from acting as a foreman to becoming a facilitator of creativity and innovation.

In contrast with traditional project methods, Agile emphasises the incremental delivery of working products or prototypes for client evaluation and optimisation. While predictive project management methods assume that the entire set of requirements and activities can be forecast at the beginning of the project, Agile combines all the elements of product development (such as requirements, analysis, design, development and testing) in brief, regular iterations.

Each iteration delivers a working product or prototype, and the response to that product or prototype serves as crucial input into the succeeding iterations. Agile theory assumes that changes, improvements and additional features will be incorporated throughout the product development life cycle — and that change is an opportunity to improve the product and make it more fit for use, rather than a failing of the process.

Delivering customer value is the key aspect of Agile — conducted through the collaboration of a small team, usually consisting of the customer/end user, a project manager, a business analyst (or the role of business analysis) and specialist(s). These could include system developers, subject matter experts, IT architect and/or the sole person with specific knowledge who understands how all the project pieces fit together.

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