Agile Project Management

  1. Briefly describe the 2 main points of traditional project management.
    • Concentrates on thorough, upfront planning of the entire project.
    • Requires a high degree of predictability to be effective.
  2. Briefly describe 3 points of Agile project management.
    • Relies on incremental, iterative development cycles to complete less-predictable projects.
    • Is ideal for exploratory projects in which requirements need to be discovered and new technology tested.
    • Focuses on active collaboration between the project team and customer representatives.
  3. Compare and contrast the 8 differences between traditional and agile project management.
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  4. Briefly describe the process of agile project management.
    • Uses iterations (“time boxes”) to develop a workable product that satisfies the customer and other key stakeholders.
    • Stakeholders and customers review progress and re-evaluate priorities to ensure alignment with customer needs and company goals.
    • Adjustments are made and a different iterative cycle begins that subsumes the work of the previous iterations and adds new capabilities to the evolving product.
  5. What are 4 advantages of using agile project management?
    • Useful in developing critical breakthrough technology or defining essential features
    • Continuous integration, verification, and validation of the evolving product.
    • Frequent demonstration of progress to increase the likelihood that the end product will satisfy customer needs.
    • Early detection of defects and problems.
  6. What is the scrum methodology?
    • Is a holistic approach for use by a cross-functional team collaborating to develop a new product.
    • Defines product features as deliverables and prioritizes them by their perceived highest value to the customer.
    • Re-evaluates priorities after each iteration (sprint) to produce fully functional features.
    • Has four phases: analysis, design, build, test
  7. What are the key roles and responsibilities in the scrum process?
    • Product Owner
    • Acts on behalf of customers to represent their interests.

    • Development Team
    • Is a team of five-nine people with cross-functional skill sets is responsible for delivering the product.

    • Scrum Master (aka Project Manager)
    • Facilitates scrum process and resolves impediments at the team and organization level by acting as a buffer between the team and outside interference.
  8. In relation to applying agile project management, what is "scaling"? "Staging"?
    • Scaling Is using several teams to work on different features of a large scale project at the same time.
    • Staging Requires significant up-front planning to manage the interdependences of different features to be developed. Involves developing protocols and defining roles to coordinate efforts and assure compatibility and harmony.
  9. What are some limitations and concerns of agile project management?
    • It does not satisfy top management’s need for budget, scope, and schedule control.
    • Its principles of self-organization and close collaboration can be incompatible with corporate cultures.
    • Its methods appear to work best on small projects that require only five-nine dedicated team members to complete the work.
    • It requires active customer involvement and cooperation.
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Agile Project Management
Week 12