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Agile Project Management Broken Down into Four Easy Steps

“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them towards a certain goal.” Walt Disney said these wise words and they can be applied to any business and any project. While setting goals within a team or within a project may seem easy, it is easier said than done.

Agile project management is a popular and efficient project management methodology. While most commonly used in software development, this methodology can benefit startups and smaller teams in any industry. Stratsure offers Agile Project Management training with foundation and practitioner models that will enable you, as a project manager, to collaborate with your team, demonstrate control, communicate continuously and clearly, ensure quality, and deliver on time.

To give you a taste of what this five-day Agile project management course will offer you we have broken the Agile methodology down into four easy steps.

1. Don’t be afraid of change

Nothing new ever came from following the same recipe. Any startup or small business needs to be flexible and adapt easily to change – because anything can happen in business.
To make this possible the project manager needs to be two things:
a) he/she should be present and involved in the project in order to make informed decisions when the need arises.
b) He/she needs to be able to make decisions quickly. 

2. Set SMART goals

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Growth comes from setting small attainable goals within a large scale project. The Agile method was designed so that work can be done, and tested, work done and tested and in that cycle, an entire project can be completed without major delays.
Agile methodology states that projects can last a few months, but not more, and teams should be manageable - not be bigger than nine people.

3. Never move a deadline

You have many small deadlines within your project – these deadlines can never be moved or pushed back and must be taken seriously at all times. When the deadline comes around you produce something – it may be unfinished, it may not be perfect, but the idea is to have something.
Remember that these are internal deadlines to ensure that you and your team are held accountable – the customer will not see the product after each deadline.

4. Scrum

A scrum is a quick 15-minute daily meeting that is usually a standing meeting. The purpose of these meetings is for the team to become engaged and know what is happening in each section of the project. Each member informs the rest of the team about his/her tasks for the day as well as goals and accomplishments met the previous day. This meeting ensures that obstacles are eliminated quickly and that the project is running on time.  

Author: 
Rebecca Smith
Date : 
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 11:15
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