Picking Up the Speed: Configuring Your Agile Team for Success
Is your development team bogged down with multiple projects that never quite get crossed off the list? Have no fear: you can take steps to tackle projects more quickly and efficiently using Agile project management. You’ll soon be setting and meeting deadlines while you effectively utilize the individual strengths of your IT staff members.
What is the Agile project management methodology?
With Agile techniques, your staff members function independently to accomplish specific roles involved in your project. This way, you can assign team members to tasks best suited to their professional strengths.
To keep projects on task, Agile teams work in two-week stretches called sprints. Within a sprint, a team member has the freedom to recommend the best way to accomplish their task during the two-week timeframe. It helps to meet on a regular basis during each sprint to touch base, discuss progress and highlight continued next steps.
Advantages of the Agile process
Taking ownership of their own tasks allows team members to put their expertise to work during each sprint. This freedom helps your employees work more effectively, without the need for micromanagement and multiple points of approval, which can delay progress. It also helps each team member build his or her confidence as an independent worker.
Four steps to an Agile team
You can form an Agile team to complete your IT projects using the following steps!
- Meet and greet. During the first step, you gather your soon-to-be Agile project team together, highlight the challenge they’ll need to solve and let members share ideas and concepts and create possible solutions.
- Identify roles and tasks. Once you’ve identified the solution you’d like to follow, you can work together to define roles and assign tasks. Team members can volunteer for their individual role, or you can assign it to them based on each employee’s skill set.
- Formulate your plan. When everyone in the Agile team has a role, it’s time to formulate your plan for each sprint. In this step, you’ll be setting goals and determining guidelines for meeting those goals. Much like the first meeting where you determined the appropriate solution to the challenge, brainstorming is when you allow each team member to determine how he or she will accomplish his or her task during each sprint.
- Start sprinting! With your Agile plan in place, it’s time to get your project underway! Each team member is responsible for completing his or her goals every two weeks. Communication, especially with regular team meetings, is a must for the Agile process to work.
Faster and more efficient
Experts recommend Agile methodologies as a way to complete projects and get new technical developments and products to market faster. You’ll see team members putting their unique talents to work in a focused manner and shining within your team.
Looking to staff up?
Don’t work with a skeleton crew! If you simply need more bright minds to keep your IT projects on task, contact RightWorks. We’ll work with you to discover an IT staffing solution that fits your team’s needs.