7 Key Reasons Why Agile Projects Fails

Agile is considered to be a repetitive method for executing software delivery. In the Agile approach, the aim is to develop software in small increments by taking into consideration important feedback from the environment. It is different from the conventional approaches, such as the Waterfall methodology because the complete solution is not delivered at once.

10 Ways to Successfully Manage Agile Teams

It is important for agile managers to study all aspects of team management- formation/structure, working, growth, reward systems, communication and so on. An agile manager isn’t a micromanager, but someone who leads the team intimately from the outside. Here are 10 useful ways in which a project manager can manage his/her agile team: 1. Be a cheerleader As an agile team manager, you are not required to ‘direct’ the work for your team. Your job [...]

How to Make Your Project Model Agile

 The focus of ‘agile’ project management is consistent improvements, team contribution, greater flexibility, and delivery of necessary quality products. The main methodologies in agile project management include scrum, lean, and extreme programming. Understanding the agile model for project management  The waterfall methodology for project management was traditionally used, but it had certain disadvantages. These included extreme dependence on original requirements, limited or no scope of change during the project, possibility of product testing only at [...]

LEAN Project Management vs. Agile Project Management

Project management is an area that many companies struggle with even today. You may have a good product or service to offer, but if it is not managed well at every step, it can lead to disastrous and often disappointing results for the company. Poor management leads to wastage of time, resources and decreases the value of your offering for the customer. Your ability to make timely decisions can also hugely impact various projects being [...]

How to Manage a Hybrid Agile and Waterfall Project

Studies suggest that traditional methodologies for project management are often responsible for the inability to adapt to changes. This makes the testing of products or making modifications nearly impossible. The solution to this problem is believed to be in the adoption of an ‘agile’ approach to project management. This is essentially an incremental, iterative development approach that allows adjustments to be made to products. Hence it reacts better to changing needs of a project. The [...]

How to change the Project Model during a Project

Before discussing how to change the project model during a project, let’s try and first understand why such a need arises. Why a traditional approach might fail to generate results Project managers can definitely change their mind with regards to following the traditional project management approach for a number of reasons. Some of them could include the following: Identification of a defect-there might be a bug which needs to be addressed immediately. The client realizes [...]

When to Choose Agile or Waterfall Project Mode

When it comes to project implementation, one of the most critical decisions to take is regarding the methodology to be used. There are basically two types of methodologies most commonly employed by businesses. These are: Waterfall or the so called “traditional” approach Agile approach, which is a relatively newer method of project implementation and uses Scrum Let’s try and understand when to use the two methodologies. The Waterfall Model Similar to manufacturing and construction work-flows, [...]

What Makes Scrum Projects Fail?

Scrum is popular mainly due to some of its specific key advantages. It promotes quick product delivery, transparency and improved workforce management among other things. Of course, the advantages depend on how successfully a Scrum project has been implemented and also on the commitment levels of the team during the entire process. Even though Scrum has its set of advantages for businesses, it can also fail miserably in numerous cases. Here are some of the [...]

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in Project Portfolio Management

We have previously seen how an Agile Project management model, can help teams adapt to the dynamic nature of a project, and deliver impressive results. Today, we take a look at how a Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe can bring more alignment into your project portfolio management. What is SAFe? The Agile model focused on delivery of project-level results. On the other hand, a SAFe approach looks at the bigger picture. The main purpose of [...]

Key Issues for Agile Project Management

Agile projects are generally tough to manage if not handled well. There are many roadblocks that emerge which need patience, time, and imagination to tackle in agile project management What is agile project management? Agile project management is a flexible, incremental, and iterative method of managing project members in information technology, engineering, and other business areas. It usually involves self organizing and cross-functioning teams which include capable individuals who can also be decision makers. People [...]

When to Choose Agile or Waterfall Project Model

Not sure if a waterfall or an agile project model is a better fit for your project. Read on, as we tell you about the perks and the pitfalls of both models. Waterfall project model A waterfall project model was a norm back in the day, and is a traditional approach that is adapted in many projects even today. A waterfall project model progresses from conception to initiation, analysis, design, development, testing and deployment phases. The [...]