We’ve been around long enough to remember when Agile was used to describe athletes or footballers. It certainly had nothing to do with Project Management. Now, it’s a methodology that's changing the way many companies do business. If you’re new to Agile, here’s a taster of what it’s all about.
What is Agile?
The definition of Agile is to be “able to move quickly and easily” or to be “able to think and understand quickly”. It’s thought that agile businesses work faster, better and deliver greater value for money.
Summing up Agile in terms of project management isn’t easy. That's because it refers to a number of different frameworks and techniques that can help your teams work more collaboratively. They all focus on prioritising tasks and delivering them through an incremental, iterative process. By breaking the project down into smaller steps, the project team can deliver regularly and adapt to changing requirements along the way.
Doing Agile the DSDM way
At Acutus, we specialise in the DSDM Agile method which stands for Dynamic Systems Development Method. DSDM focuses on the full project lifecycle. It's philosophy is; 'any project must be aligned to clearly defined strategic goals and focus upon early delivery of real benefits to the business'. It has eight principles that allow teams to maintain focus and achieve project goals.
The eight principles of DSDM are:
- Focus on the business need
- Deliver on time
- Never compromise quality
- Build incrementally from firm foundations
- Develop iteratively
- Communicate continuously and clearly
- Demonstrate control
We think the great thing about DSDM is that is integrates so easily with other project management methods, such as PRINCE2 or Scrum. So, you don’t have to push your business down one method if you don’t want to, and that can give you greater flexibility. The type of project, and what you want it to achieve, will determine what method will deliver the best results.
And don’t be fooled into thinking that Agile is just for software projects. Although, Agile has its roots in software delivery, it has now grown to be much more. Agile is about delivering value for an organisation, however that value might be defined.
At the end of the day a good Project Manager will propel your business forward. At Acutus Consulting we have lots of experience in delivering both Agile and Waterfall projects, so if you’re wondering what method would be right for your business and project, talk to us about how we can help