When there are so many other approaches to project management, why should Agile principles be the ones you adopt? The benefits of Agile Methodology are numerous, both for the project team and the client. Let’s look at a few.
With Agile training, project managers are able to deliver value to their clients earlier in the implementation process. Generally, with traditional project management approaches, the client doesn’t reap any benefits from a project until it is completely finished.
Think of it as an office building that’s being constructed, but no one is permitted to move in until the entire building is complete. With Agile principles, tasks are being completed incrementally. In the same office building scenario, once an office space is completed, the tenant can move in, while construction continues on the other spaces. This reduces risk of client dissatisfaction, as the client sees a return on their investment each step of the way.
High Product Quality
Among the benefits of Agile Methodologies is an improvement in overall product quality. Because projects are developed in incremental sprints, improvements are layered on the foundational tasks. In software development, this means the basic builds are accomplished and then in subsequent sprints, that foundation is improved and expanded. As these improvements are made, builds are frequently checked for quality assurance.
The retrospectives at the end of each sprint also play a vital role in quality improvements. In these meetings, problems are identified and solutions are offered. These lessons are applied to the next sprint, and lessons from that sprint are applied to the next, and so on. Thus, each sprint becomes more efficient and delivers better results than the last.
Higher Customer Satisfaction
Agile principles play a role in improving working relationships with clients. Because you can deliver better product outcomes at a faster rate, clients are more likely to be satisfied with your work. And because you’re delivering regular completed aspects of the project to the client, they are able to see progress as it is made. Customers are better engaged in the process and you can work feedback easily into your project development.
Enhanced Project Control
If you’ve worked in project management for any time at all, you’ve probably noticed that it’s difficult to always have a 360-degree view of your projects, what’s being accomplished, and what impediments your team members are facing. With Agile principles, project control becomes much easier.
When using Agile methods, teams engage in daily sprint meetings in which individual team members provide updates on what they are working on, when they anticipate completing that task, and whether or not any impediments are standing in the way of completing the task on time.
In connection with reduced risk is a rapid and high return on your clients’ investment in the project you’re working on. With each completed task, the value of a partnership with your team increases. Functional products are ready after a few iterations, allowing clients to easily gauge end-user creation, and allowing you to gauge client reaction.