Before the advent of the agile methodologies, product development would undergo the age-old waterfall approach. A product manager’s role was limited to collecting the requirements and checking off the required features at the end of the product life cycle. With agile, your position is more involved. In his blog article, Roman Pichler shares how agile has transformed product development over the years.
Changing Product Development
Gone are the days when product managers could only comment once the product is ready to deliver. Product and development crews now work in unison. Development teams have cross-functional resources that look after product design, architecture, programming, testing, etc. The requirements detail is a live document subject to frequent changes. So, the team performs product development in iterations. Here’s a list of advantages that agile added to the product lifecycle:
Continuous Feedback Loop
You do not have to wait till the last phase of product development to realize that end-user requirements have changed. Engaged customers provide feedback that enables you to make the product per their liking.
With user stories and in-person conversations, the changing needs are considered early in the life cycle. These reduce overhead costs and timeline extensions.
Product quality has improved manifold because your development team incorporates new designs, quality testing, and a feedback loop as the project advances.
Since stakeholders closely work with the development crew, they have begun to understand what works for the product. So, the requirements are easier to meet.
Teams work more in collaboration, and the workflow is more clear and visible to all involved. You can even decide if you need to increase the pace to meet the deadline.
Retrospectives and reviews per sprint allow product development to be nearly flawless. Your team produces deliverables that cater more to the needs of the stakeholders and customers.
Since Scrum gives more ownership to all the team members, they also feel involved and work hard to get a quality product out of the door.
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