Agile methodology is based on iterations in which a single project is divided into steps called sprints and has to be completed within a set time-period. This gives the client a chance to have a look on software mid-project to provide valuable feedback for better product delivery. The popularity of agile project management over traditional waterfall model is also to increase the client’s involvement in the process of software development.
Every project manager wants to reduce cost and rework for his/her project. Hence, they are giving preference for agile project management process wherein they can remove waste from all the possible levels of development process and can deliver higher value at reduced cost.
While bringing agility into your software development process, you can expect to reduce deployment lifecycle, higher level of client involvement and satisfaction, constant feedback and eventually helping you to reduce project cost. Let’s discuss one by one:
1. Client Involvement: It is very essential to have constant client interaction as it will help in adding value to the on-going development of software project and reduce rework.
2. Continuous Feedback: After every iteration feedback is collected from the client. This reduces the rework and makes it easier to change a particular work in comparison to any change to be made after the end of development process.
3. Reduced Cost: Regular feedback and interaction with clients helps in identifying the errors at an early stage, which helps you to save cost on reworks. When you are adopting agility as your development methodology, you get a chance to prioritize user requirements by getting regular feedback from clients. The main focus shifts to only those areas which is valuable for the client in the development process.
4. Early Project Deployment: With thoroughly reviewed and approved user stories, it is certain that the project will move towards its completion by reducing rework. All the iterations will be well-planned and the development team will work in their set timelines along with keeping client involvement high to achieve the result they want to deliver on time. So, with agile management of projects, there will be shorter deployment lifecycle with fewer errors, less reworks and higher customer satisfaction.
In agile project management, a PM gets consent from the client on the first review and then moves to the next iteration after prioritizing the customer requirements. This is the process which is followed with all iterations until the software project is complete.