Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video A quick review of agile project management, part of Agile Project Management with Microsoft Project.
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- In Agile projects, work is performed in short spurts called iterations or sprints. The idea behind an Agile approach is to deliver value earlier in frequent small chunks and to be able to accommodate changes more easily. Agile is great when an organization wants to obtain benefits sooner or business needs change frequently. You can work on what you know about the business' needs now. If those needs change, no problem.
Changes are expected. You simply handle them in the next iteration. Although Agile is often used in IT projects, you can also use it on non-IT projects. Agile Project Management is simply the process you use to manage and implement Agile projects. You can set your iterations or sprint durations to be two to 12 weeks long, but each sprint in a project is the same length. Unlike in traditional projects, the length of a sprint doesn't expand if the work for that sprint takes longer than estimated.
Instead, the unfinished work is moved to the next sprint. Agile projects want to focus on delivering business value, not documentation. That's why team members are dedicated to the project, work in close proximity, and use face-to-face communication or robust collaboration tools. The product owner works closely with the team to decide which features will be delivered in each sprint. The only documentation delivered in Agile projects is something that is part of the project output, like a user's guide.
There's some commonality between Agile and traditional projects. First, you still spend time in the beginning to develop a vision for the project. You also develop requirements for deliverables, just not at the same time as in a traditional project. Although some methods you use differ from traditional ones, the team uses agreed upon processes during the life of the project. Finally, communication with stakeholders is still critical to success.
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- Setting project options
- Defining working time
- Setting up custom fields and views
- Creating tasks
- Assigning features to sprints
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Tracking progress
- Generating a burndown report