It’s important to know what happens after the project is delivered. Support and maintenance are key to ensuring that, once the project is in customers’ hands, it remains performant; customer feedback can be factored into future releases; and customer issues are dealt with appropriately. A project is a unique, time-constrained endeavor. The product it delivers has a life after the project team has been disbanded. Ensure that you are capable of supporting the product once it is live.
Agile projects co-exist with more traditional approaches. Balancing the requirements for budgetary control and stakeholder visibility with the Agile aims of flexibility and responsiveness.
A governance framework or Agile governance model is used in conjunction with a standard Agile processes, such as Scrum. They work in two specific ways:
· They provide a wrapper for an Agile project by clarifying the processes that occur outside of development iterations (sprints). This includes providing clear criteria for the successful completion of project initiation and proper validation of the decisions and plan.
· They shift the emphasis of specific parts of the standard Agile process and highlight particular principles and techniques that need governance or support governance.
In today’s ever-changing world, organizations and businesses are keen to adopt a more flexible approach to delivering projects, and want to become more Agile. However, for organizations delivering projects and programs, and where existing formal project management processes already exist, the informality of many of the Agile approaches is daunting and is sometimes perceived as too risky. These project-focused organizations need a mature agile approach—agility within the concept of project delivery—Agile project management.
Learn and grow with your adoption of Agile. Only ever do what your team is comfortable with, ensure their voice is heard, and act on their requests. Encourage your team to adopt new and more valuable techniques when the time is right. Negotiate with the business and encourage them to understand what it means to be an Agile organization.