What is 'Agile' ?
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.
That is as stated in the Agile Manifesto, from back in 2001. Pretty straight forward and realistic view of how things actually get done. And no longer just confined to software development either.
We like it and in fact live by it!
So you won't get a big glossy off-the-shelf presentation from us on how we can solve your problems sight unseen. But we do sit down, have a great chat about what you're really chasing, why and where you're current at.
Then knowing what we each know and knowing you still don't know what you don't know, you can let us know if we can help you get where you want to go.
Go Advocate Early.
What ever it is being changed, we find / make advocates early. So Individuals and interactions / Customer collaboration is about more than just getting the software working - its about getting the people wanting it!
Working software - goes without saying. Call them 'quick wins' if you want but by giving people useful system improvements, even if they are simply short term, or maybe out of this scope, or political in nature, is vital to journey.
When it comes to 'the plan' time-frames are useful (and open to change), Task list is pretty essential too isn't it (also open to change though), People on the job goes without saying we think (these could come and go too however).The two constants of plans we play by are:
1) Communicate: open, often and wide.
2) One person is the master of the to-do list (product backlog, task list, whatever you want to call it)
And if you haven't had half a dozen changes to your plan in the next month then somethings not right!
(Let's count reaching this page your first, because why else would you be here!)
Agile projects jumps the boundaries of what a typical project is/does. Yes the project team works by not only responding to, or actually expecting, change, but its the three other core values of Agile together that demonstrate where the real change occurs and that is with those for whom the project/work is for: users/customers/stakeholders. More collaboration, communication, adjusting work practices to make use of more frequent system improvements.
Agile projects are successful in delivering more value quickly but if you want that success, you need to be agile not just do agile!
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