Agile Software Development

4 Key Principles to Lead Your First Agile Project

After creating enough buzz in the field of project management, Agile and Scrum methodology have finally gained a comfortable position in the IT industry. Both the approaches have become an essential factor in making the development teams smarter and more efficient.

In this article at InfoQ, Manish Dudharejia shares some impactful takeaways for the project managers who are taking charge of their first Agile projects.

Disciplined Approach

As per a recent survey ‘Pulse of the Profession’ conducted by PMI, about 71 percent of organizations have adopted and successfully implemented the Agile methodology. This has attributed to the notion that agile helps in producing a disciplined process that thrives on detailed inspection, alliance, and continuous modification.

The author believes that no matter how the project managers aim to integrate agile principles in their strategy, they must always portray strong leadership. Therefore, as you prepare to take charge of your first agile project, follow these key principles to successfully execute your plans:

  1. Restructured Meetings: For successful implementation of Scrum, it is essential to host the Scrum event daily. Even as per the State of Agile report, 90 percent of Scrum teams hold these meetings daily to make it the core agile framework.
  2. Be Upfront: An agile framework promotes teamwork and ensures team success, accept and acknowledge your team’s strength, weakness, and ability. Also, as per Gallup research report, to improve team’s productivity by an average of 12 percent, you must welcome everyone’s opinions. Therefore, be upfront and honest about each individual’s qualities.
  3. Knowledge Sharing: Create a network of shared information and ensure that your team must interact with each other and your stakeholder’s community. This will help them remove stick to a strict work schedule and get the job done efficiently. As there are plenty of online resources available to help the teams leverage on their pool of knowledge, make them use a project management system that is specially designed for your Scrum team.
  4. No Micromanagement: Being the team leader, it is essential to meet deadlines but as a Scrum master you also need to follow the agile principle of fair treatment to all. Therefore, maintain distance from micromanagement while keeping your focus intact on leadership and guidance.

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