Agile Software Development is about more than software. It is a way of thinking. It attempts to take a work environment and streamline it in such as way as to increase the success of the implementation of these methodologies and develop unique processes and tools that work on a practical level.
The primary goals of the model include:
-Valuing individuals and relationships over processes and tools
-Creating comprehensive documentation systems for design and development
-Encouraging customer collaboration over the negotiation of contracts
-Responding to needed changes rather than just following a plan
In other words, this development model considers people more than contracts and relationships with customers rather than the rule of law. While this system supports the necessary standards that people have grown to know and expect, their priority is on people rather than processes.
The model is good because it places the priority where it should be-on the people that businesses work with and need to survive as a business, rather than on the contracts and the formalities that surround it. If you have a startup that you need to promote, you can do so by following the 12 important principles listed below.
The 12 Principles of Agile Development
Here are the 12 principles of this system that the startup company or entrepreneur in the technology development industry, it’s important to educate yourself on the Agile product management process.
1. Keep the customer happy through continuation of delivery of high-quality product that they value.- This model places emphasis on quality over hype. While they may use advertisements and traditional or digital marketing to promote their product, the focus is always on the quality and standards on which the project is created. Customers expect the best work and attention to detail, and this model delivers this time and time again.
2. Be flexible to changes, even if it is late in the project.- With the emphasis being always on the client, not the company, a developer using this model must always be willing and ready to adapt to any changes that a customer may have, no matter in what stage in the process this occurs. Some project creation teams mistakenly think that all of the changes should occur early in a project. While this is ideal for the company, it is not perfect for the client. Client focus requires being willing to make the changes needed to deliver the customer what they want. This requires flexibility on the part of the company.
3. Deliver products frequently that work every one to two weeks.- Another important principle of this development model is fast delivery and quick turnaround. Customers are on a time clock, just as technology development companies are. Respecting the time limitations of the client is essential to this work model. Of course, no quality should be sacrificed when trying to deliver the customer their product, so careful planning is important.
4. Developers and business managers should work together closely.- Strong communications and interactions between business owners and developers is a fundamental element of success with project management. Communication that occurs too late in the game can create problems in understanding the requirements of the customer or the limits of the budget.
5. Hire motivated self starters to help build your projects and offer them the environment and support they need.- When managing a team, an entrepreneur must always be in touch with how to properly motivate individuals to produce the best products possible. Settling for work that is less than the best will not help your brand to flourish in such a competitive market. Motivation individual team members with additional incentives such as paid vacations, higher pay, and other short-term rewards for a job well-done. Instill pride in your team by making them feel valued and important for their individual and group talents.
6. Use face-to-face conversation as your primary means of communication.- Despite the fact that technology is the cornerstone of a project management team’s success, a good manager realizes that face-to-face conversation is the most important type of communication for product management teams to engage in. Emails, texts, and social media are good ways to communicate with quick information, but for the important issues revolving around the project, it’s important to have regular team meetings to see if everyone is on the same page.
7. Remember that creating a working product is the main proof of success.- Remember that the result should be to produce quality products that the customer will like and appreciate. This should be the goal of your product management projects when you plan to create products for delivery to customers.
8. Create a sustainable process and product line by continuing to produce quality products that are valued.- One of the main challenges in the tech industry today is the ability to create a sustainable product and business that continues to perform at peak performance. While most technology and development companies can create good products, they are often unable to create a degree of sustainability over time. By focusing on creating sustainable processes and focusing on the customer experience, this may improve.
9. Focus on good design and technical excellence. Monitor the work flow to ensure results based on sound principles.- For a company to remain astute and reliable through all of their design creation processes, they need to continue to pay close attention to quality in both the technical and creative design aspects.
10. Simplicity is needed and a degree of raising cognition and awareness of what should be left out.- Keeping things simple and organized is essential to continued sustainability and success. To create long-standing quality in product development, there must be systems in place that allow key players to make the most out of the fact that some things should be left out of product development. This article explains on a personal level how one business manager made sense of this rule and applied it to his own unique work environment to improve his work flow. He explained that only about 20% of a product is valuable as far as necessary features when it comes to what a customer needs and wants. His goal was to move the 80% of useless features to the “work not done” bucket in the future and focus on only the most valuable qualities.
11. Remember that you should move toward creating self-motivating teams that help create a well-tuned system that is sustainable.- One of the central tenets of this work model depends on self-motivated and self-organizing teams. Much like Steve Jobs of Apple once said when he was recruiting his creative team for the new Macintosh computers, he said he could only have “A players.” “A players” are defined as people who are self-directed and self-motivated to create the best result without having to be driven by a manager to achieve a common goal.
12. The team should reflect on their progress and adjust and monitor its strategies to continue to improve on the results.- Metacognition is also an important tool of this business model for development, as much of the success of the team is a result of regular meetings nad self-reflective sessions that analyze deeply what was effective and what was not productive for the team on specific projects. But the teams will not stop there. They will go on to strategize what can be done to improve the situation shortly so as not to make the same errors the next time. In other words, they actively learn from their mistakes, not only in a general sense but specific aspects of the project so that it can be improved.
Is this model for us?
As you read more about this model for project development, you may ask yourself whether this model will work for your company. This depends on some factors. But it is truly an entire system that relies on each cog of the wheel to run smoothly to make it successful.
It is highly systematic and makes assumptions that the people involved in creating and maintaining such a systems are dedicated and determined to make it work. Each department that oversees its implementation must be equally committed to its goals. Each person employed by a company that runs this system should understand the level of commitment it takes and be self-motivated to make sure that it works.
It should also be understood that implementing a system of this nature is not enough to make it run smoothly or to guarantee its success. There should be a system that is carefully planned out ahead of time to make sure that each of these principles can be carried out on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
Mistakes will be made. But the important takeaway from this is that you must be willing to go back to the drawing board multiple times, if needed, to find the right combination of quality control, implementation, and impetus to take your business to the next level under this model.
Will it Create Perfection in Development?
No system is perfect, but a systematic approach to project management and development is just what tech companies need these days to create a system and workflow that will continue to produce the best quality in development over time.
If all of these processes and steps are learned, memorized, and kept at the forefront in the minds of all people onboard in a development company, it may well be the impetus that allows that company to increase their return on investment and continue along the path to company growth.
In essence, this model is just a very elaborate plan for organizing a company’s staffing, engineering, and creative departments in such a way that every part of the operation works together so that they complement each other.
Company growth and longevity should be at the forefront of a business’s goals, whether they are focused on revenue or product development. Creating and maintaining an organized system that contributes to the overall workflow of a company is the ultimate goal of any successful manager or business owner.
This system is not for everyone. But if you find that your customers are not as appreciative as you would like or if your product line is not selling as well as it should, you may want to take a long look at this system of operation and see if it is the solution to the problems you may be encountering.
For Multiple Product Vendors
For the company that is creating multiple products on a continual basis, it can get out of hand fast. If quality suffers, your customers will drop off, and your credibility could be damaged. The only way to find and maintain sustainability over time is to invest in ways to create a better workflow system within your internal company.
Hire the most efficient team members (A players) who are willing to be just as dedicated to the success as you are, then set the standards for performance high. Follow up with regular meetings to strategize what to do next to improve your product line. Only with continued work and planning can you make this system work for you.
Some Final Words
Whether you are a start-up entrepreneur of a new tech company, an expert technology company owner, or the founder of an engineering or technology firm, you’ll want to study these principles and learn them well. This model has guided thousands of developer firms to success by keeping these ideas as your guiding principles in your projects and development methods.
The methodology expressed here is sound from both a business and a development perspective, so a founder should consider using it as their “Bible” of reference when running software management teams or projects. It could just the answer to your prayers when it comes to creating creative, high-quality products based on a tried and true system that runs like a factory model.