Agile for Management Teams

What is an Agile iteration when it comes to Project and Program Management and how can it improve the quality and timeliness of delivery?

When IT teams use the Agile method to deliver software, the bi-weekly Sprint provides the cadence and framework required, along with the other usual processes and meetings such as the Scrum and Retrospective.

For Management teams it can be a little more difficult to see how an Agile framework can operate, but operate it can.

The main benefits delivered by an Agile framework for Management teams are transparency, prioritisation and robustness.

Transparency in Agile Management

Project plans existing in documents or in emails is of limited use even if one individual is responsible for the “golden copy”.

Using tools such as JIRA and Confluence, Management teams are able to contribute collectively to the definition and decomposition of high-level outcome definitions.

These “Epics” are available for Program and Project Managers to see and for Product Owners to review, seek elaboration and to decompose into User Stories.

Prioritisation in Agile Management

A key benefit of having Management Teams’ required outcomes in tools delivering transparency is the ability to make prioritisation an ongoing “delivery” of the Management team. Prioritisation’s never stay the same for long and it is fatal for any project to pretend they do.

Robustness in Agile Management

With transparency and the ability to deliver ongoing prioritisation’s, the Management Team can deliver robustness in direction which in turn drives resourcing. If you know what you’re doing, why and in what order, you can massively improve the robustness of your projects and so decrease risk.

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