The Benefits of Agile Project Management

One of the most dynamic areas of business is project management and when one talks about project management and the software domain, then it can get as challenging as one can imagine. Therefore any methodology and any technique that helps in enhancing the effectiveness of a software project management, is a welcome addition to any organization!

One such methodology is the Agile project management which has seen some immense success in the software development domain. It has plenty of benefits to offer to the organization that chooses to deploy it:

It is a high value proposition

Compared to the conventional waterfall development processes, Agile project management can deliver benefits such as higher visibility and increased business value. Interestingly, a few years ago, there was a report by the Standish Group. This report, called CHAOS report, stated that 25{62753bda712f8726ff506772054b8eb8cc86c22a15ff97c29e4cab436a2dfc3b} of projects go through failure with no successful deployment of software.

Agile project management reduces the risk and therefore contributes to a larger number of successful projects. Risks associated with factors such as low customer involvement and ambiguous requirements are eliminated by the Agile method.

Everyone is involved in the planning

By its nature, the Agile project management is not authoritarian like conventional projects. It gets everyone in the team involved in the planning. This results in, every team member feeling and being responsible for the project’s completion. Traditional project management relies on a top-down approach where the leader draws up plans & schedules and expects the team to adhere to the same. The Agile teams work on the plans together – thereby having a greater buy-in.

Flexibility

In a constantly changing business environment, project management also has to be fluid and flexible and this flexibility is achieved by the Agile project management method. It is better equipped to react to changes in the business and changes in client requirements as well. New conditions and needs can pop up anytime and they are dealt with more effectively by Agile teams.

Better understanding of and delivery of customer needs

The Agile team will need to interact with and incorporate customer communications at every step. Therefore, at the end of the project tenure, the software system that has been created will be in complete accordance with the customer’s wishes. The Agile process therefore, has a higher customer satisfaction rate than traditional project management methods. This software solution is the result of constant work processes and testing of the software.