Which one is better—traditional waterfall project management methodology or agile?
This isn’t a new debate. While agile is the buzzword these days, it may not suit all your small business projects. Some projects actually perform better with a traditional waterfall project management methodology.
That’s why, which methodology to choose to manage what kind of project is the relevant question to ask, but tough to answer.
According to a PMI report, about 44 percent of projects use predictive approaches (traditional waterfall project management), 30 percent use agile approaches, and 23 percent use hybrid approaches. So, businesses are using both methodologies—and sometimes, both—for successful project delivery.
As a project manager, you must identify which projects need to be agile and which need to be managed traditionally for optimized project performance. If you fail to use the right project management methodology, you will waste about 9.9 percent of every dollar that you invest.
There are many myths surrounding Agile project processes that make it difficult for teams to successfully adapt to them.
Project managers must demystify and debunk these myths for their team members as well as to reduce the resistance to change from the team. Failing to do so puts you at risk of witnessing Agile project process failure. This will negatively impact your team’s productivity, project deliveries, and overall business revenue.
In this article, we’ll debunk five common myths that make Agile project process adoption for your team difficult. This will help you fully understand the Agile project process, realize its benefits, and embrace the change.
Often, IT project failures and budget/time overruns can be attributed to a poor communications plan—or to the complete lack of a plan.
IT projects require more agility because of iterations at various stages of the project life cycle (such as requirements and analysis, architecture, design, construction, integration and testing, and implementation). With so many iterations, sparse and infrequent communication between stakeholders (external and internal) can adversely affect project success.
Idea management can be a challenge if IT projects aren’t structured well. Unstructured workflows imply lack of collaboration and communication among team members, which results in them being out of sync with one another when it comes to ideas and innovation.
If you’re a small-business IT project manager, make sure that your focus on project management doesn’t keep your team away from ideation. Set a process to store all these ideas to avoid missing opportunities for improving the business.
Picture this: You’re an IT project manager, racing against time to deliver a project. The client wants you to speed up the delivery, but you’re stuck in a bitter fight between your development and operations teams. The teams are blaming each other for the delay, which doesn’t help you meet the client’s expectations or deadline.
The answer to these problems is DevOps collaboration.
DevOps is an IT management methodology/practice that facilitates faster, more accurate, and smoother software deliveries (especially on the cloud) through collaboration between development and operations teams.
The practice is being widely adopted by many software development businesses, especially small and midsize ones. In fact, 31 percent of SMBs are adopting DevOps across their organization as a business practice.