There are significant benefits to applying the Agile Philosophy to team collaboration with clients. The Agile framework uses three pillars of Empiricism: inspection, adaption, and transparency. These three pillars empower the teams to focus on quality, value and continuous improvement. Along with Lean and Design Thinking, Agile is leading in the way in which we humans collaborate and succeed together in a digital world. This article reminds you of why this is so.
Many people often confuse Agile with Ad-hoc. Or they simply continue to practice traditional project management frameworks such as waterfalls, but use a couple of agile techniques such as daily stand ups and the use post-it notes for brainstorming sessions and call it ‘Agile’. In this post, we talk about what it means to be truly Agile and how to recognise an Agile Design/Tech Studio.
Agile is the most effective and adaptable project methodology to manage constant change. This is because it consists of cross-functional teams working collaboratively in creative and complex environments. Teamwork is essential to delivering great digital products. This collaborative team environment focuses on a “we” rather than an “I” mindset. There is nothing more rewarding than building software that really matters with other like-minded team mates.
In short, the Product Owner is the role you play within the Scrum team; Product Manager is the job.
In Scrum, the Product Owner is the person who is responsible for: Defining the product backlog and creating actionable user stories for the development team to deliver; Grooming and prioritising the work in the backlog; and Accepting the completed user stories to make sure that the work meets the acceptance criteria agreed…
Dual Track Agile is an agile software development and organisational model that separates the effort to discover the best solution from the effort to deliver working software. It consists of two tracks of activity: discovery and delivery. This sees a bringing together of Lean UX and Agile Scrum delivery.
The objective of the discovery track is to validate ideas quickly and efficiently, while the objective of the delivery track is to build, test and deploy production-ready code. By leveraging Dual Track Agile, teams are more focused, reduce their rework and significantly improve their ability to plan while still retaining their agility.
It seems everyone is talking about ‘being Agile’ or working at an 'Agile company these days. But what does it all mean, and how can you tell whether a company is really Agile or not? Let’s start with an introduction of what it means to be Agile in this world of digital products, innovation and technology.