A study in 2011 reveals that “Fuzzy business objectives, out-of-sync stakeholders, and excessive rework” mean that 75% of project participants lack confidence that their projects will succeed. The failure rate of projects varies in different studies, but it was as high to 68 %, thanks to traditional project methodologies or no methodology in managing the project. Agile Methodology proved very helpful to reduce the failure rate and with ever increasing expectation, standards, IT deployment techniques. According to IT project success rate survey, the success ratio of Agile as compared to the traditional approach is 18 % higher or more.

Agile project management is an iterative approach to planning and guiding project processes. The project is completed in the small deliverable called Sprint. Each sprint is typically of 2 weeks to 1 month duration. These sprints specify the deliverable and backlog. Sprint preparation should be accordance with the Project Plan deliverable. Different styles of Agile and usage are shown in following diagram:

agile

Standard practices used in Agile:

  1. Daily stand up meeting
  2. Iteration planning
  3. Unit testing
  4. Release planning
  5. Burndown/team-based estimation
  6. Coding standards
  7. Continuous integration
  8. Automated builds

Benefits of Agile:

  1. Simplify Development Process
  2. Enhance Collaboration between teams and stake holders
  3. Increase the level of Software quality
  4. Results in increased customer satisfaction
  5. Shorten times to market
  6. Reduce cost of development
  7. Manage changing Priorities
  8. Improve Project visibility
  9. Reduce Risk

     7th Annual State of Agile Development Survey shows 70% people agrees that project completion is faster in Agile.

Most Frequent Tools:

Most frequent tools to manage Agile are: Excel, Microsoft Project and other tools like JIRA.

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