What is Agile Methodology?

Ewan Roxburgh
November 9, 2020
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Agile methodology is a term you’ve no doubt heard before. It’s a methodology that guides project teams across the globe.

But what is agile methodology anyway? It’s a question many of us are left pondering as we enter the world of project management.

And why is it so popular amongst project managers and teams? How do you implement it and make it part of your daily work?

 

Understanding the Agile approach

 

Agile Methodology is an approach to project management — be you developing software or otherwise — focussed on continual improvement through iterative work, changes and updates. Cycling through phases of planning, design, development, testing and deployed, it is intended to deliver something of value sooner and iterate upon it over time

Collaboration is crucial. The project team and stakeholders are in constant communication, repeatedly evaluating and completing work in a cyclical nature. Reviewing, re-evaluating and reiterating upon work and internal processes is frequent.

 

Infographic explaining Agile Methodology

 

Why use Agile Methodology?

 

Teams choose to adopt an Agile approach because it helps break workloads into manageable chunks, drive continual improvement of products and internal processes, and typically results in faster, incremental delivery.

In contrast to a Waterfall Methodology, which is a linear approach building up to a more definitive ‘launch’, Agile results in gradual but continual improvement. It’s ongoing, more flexible and adaptable to change, producing outcomes faster and improving them over time. 

 

Communication is crucial for teams using Agile Methodology.

Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash

 

How do you implement Agile?

 

Agile Methodology operates according to its manifesto which contains four, core principles:

 

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working software over comprehensive documentation
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. Responding to change over following a plan

 

The emphasis ought to be on collaboration, creation and iteration rather than laborious planning and documentation.

Several Agile frameworks exist. Popular options include Scrum and Kanban, with their structures and processes true to Agile approach. Various tools and resources are available to facilitate project management that follows these frameworks.

 

Scrum project management is an example of Agile Methodology in action.

Photo by Olga Guryanova on Unsplash

 

Putting the Agile Methodology into practice with Eoiin Connect

 

Eoiin Connect is designed to facilitate project management regardless of which methodology you adhere too.

To get agile, projects can be broken up into bitesize chunks or sprints and easily recorded in the Milestones or Agile Board modules. These can be very handy in managing your project backlog too.

Communication is key so Eoiin Connect has collaborative tools through the application. You can comment on every task and project, upload documents and share updates and key messages on every Project Details screen.

 

Agile methodology software in action

 

 

 

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