Agile Product Development and Project Management
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“What is Agile Project Management?”
“What is the Agile manifesto?”
“What is Agile software development?”
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What is Agile?
Agile is an iterative approach to project management and software development, often referred to as “Agile methodology”, “Agile Development”, “Agile scrum”, “Agile Product Management”, “Agile Project” and many other variations on the term, Agile.
The scrum methodology is the “engine” of Agile, enables teams to deliver solutions more quickly to their customers based on a principle of the rapid development and incremental release of “products” that each contribute to the larger, more complex “suite” of solutions.
An Agile scrum is made up of a number of scrum sprints where each sprint has a specified goal of releasing to the customer items that are identified in respective sprint backlogs. One of the challenges of scrum is to manage the product backlog which represents the needs of the customer in terms of products and solutions. Sprint project management knowledge and skills are essential for all members
of the team.
Product items are pulled from the product backlog into the sprint product refinement backlog which then becomes the focus of sprint planning. The sprint, which typically spans 30 days (but can be of shorter or longer duration), is completed and products or items are released to the customer, having met what is referred to in Agile as “Done”, the definition of done having been established by the team.
A Sprint review and sprint retrospective takes place at the end of each scrum sprint where the sprint is critiqued and lessons learned are captured so that future scrum sprints can be improved.
Agile and Scrum Roles
Defining roles is important in all forms of project management and there are several key roles to consider with Agile Scrum Sprints;
Scrum Master: Scrum teams rely on the Scrum Master, a facilitator who is responsible for helping all team members follow Scrum methodology, theories, rules, and practices. The Scrum Master helps to ensure that the Scrum Team has whatever it needs to complete its work, including Scrum Sprints, with a primary focus on the removal of roadblocks that are constraining the progress of the team.
Completion of formal Scrum Master training and Scrum Master certification is essential for anyone assuming this important Agile Scrum role.
Product Owner: A Certified Product Owner is accountable for the work Scrum Teams are tasked to complete as it relates to the product backlog. In that sense, they represent the “voice of the customer” in terms of what the Scrum Sprint Team is trying to achieve. The Scrum Product Owner is not a committee but a single person and while they will take advise and input from others when it comes to decision-making, final decisions ultimately come down to the Product Owner.
Development Team: The Agile Development Team are the people working together to deliver products and solutions to customers. Within Scrum and Scrum Sprints, they are given the freedom to organize themselves and manage their own work to maximize the team’s effectiveness and efficiency.
Agile Scrum Training and Certification
Since the authoring of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, twenty years of Agile Scrum evolution has taken place and, similar to traditional project management, Lean, Six Sigma, and Lean Six Sigma, you have a lot of choices when it comes to Agile training and Agile and Scrum Courses, including Scrum Master training and Product Owner Training.
Similarly, Agile Project Management Certification, Agile Scrum Master Certification and other Scrum Certifications can be obtained through many reputable organizations around the world.
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