Agile method can help teams manage work more efficiently and do the work more effectively while delivering the highest quality product within the constraints of the budget. Major benefits of visual project management for agile include visibility of project details. Increased team efficiency.
While Agile teams work well as a unit and can react better to the inevitable changes that come with most projects there is one facet of project management that Agile teams often overlook. Visual management. With visual management Agile teams can enhance their ability to work effectively by presenting the data in a visual way rather than in list from on a spreadsheet or in a wiki. This way it is easier to comprehend project details and to manage change. Major benefits of visual project management for Agile include :-
- Visibility of project details
- Increased team efficiency
- Ability to adept to changes
- Ability to Scale.
Agile is a method for getting the work done that really matters. For example instead of spending house or days building out a detailed project plan that may or may not match the project’s execution an Agile team would being with small portion of work, assess progress, then continue down that path once enough feed back has been gathered to indicated they are on the right path.
Principles of how to work as an Agile team are laid out in the AGILE MANIFESTO, a set of guidelines that were developed by software developers to establish expectations around how to operate. These principles place.
- People before processes and tools
- Working software over documentation.
- Collaboration over negotiation.
- Change management over project planning.
One of the primary areas of focus for Agile teams is the ability to work iteratively. Iterative work is completed in short cycles with a small portion of the over all project done at one time.
The main benefit of iterative work is that less work gets wasted. That is when something changes about the project, the amount of re-work that must be done is minimised. In other words, teams don’t have to go too far down one path, only to find out they must backtrack and start all over again.
The iterative work extends beyond the project level and can be applied by breaking down any amount of work into manageable tidbits that can be clearly represented visually.