An Introduction to Agile Project Management

An Introduction to Agile Project Management

Agile project management breaks down a project into manageable steps with an emphasis on customer responsiveness and collaboration. This flexible project management model is a newer method adopted by many businesses. Companies that implement agile project management tend to see smoother product delivery.

As project managers or aspiring managers, you should know that projects do not come with a “one size that fits all” strategy. Managing a project requires flexibility to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget. To adapt to changes in project management, you need to know the tools available to help you manage the project successfully. By applying agile methods in project management, companies enjoy smooth delivery and successful project outcomes.

While traditional project management is linear, with each step completed before the next can begin, agile project management, on the other hand, is iterative; this means that actions can be executed concurrently and assessed at the same time.
The components of the agile approach to project management defy conventional project management approaches, which have the following assumptions:

– The customers know what they want.

– The team’s workflow and tasks will go as planned and in sequence.

These assumptions rarely manifest as reality. Customers often do not know what they want or need. So, showing the work as an early iteration or prototype is necessary. The essential next step is gathering customer feedback about what the project team has accomplished so far. The input will guide the project’s current and future executions and changes.

It is easy to misplace your attention when managing projects conventionally. By implementing agile project management, you can ensure that every project area that needs attention is given its due, further enabling you to get better practical results. A foundational understanding of traditional project management tools and processes, including project networks, budgets, and schedules, is required to apply agile methods for managing projects.

Get valuable insights on what to focus on when managing projects by enrolling in the Project Management certificate program offered by Genashtim in collaboration with eCornell.

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