Hello everyone, we will talk about three main methods to manage a project in this article. There is no one way to manage every project. These are: Waterfall, Agile and Hybrid. We have good news for you! We’ll explain you in this article how to use the Radar Chart to decide about the method to use. In the Agile approach, the team works collaboratively with the customer to determine the project needs, quickly building outputs, getting feedback, and adapting as much as needed.
The coordination of the customer and the team drives the project forward. In the Hybrid Approach, one incorporates the components of both approaches. This may be done by utilizing a particular strategy or technique for a certain need. The project may switch approaches based on changing work requirements or circumstances. How do we decide which method to choose? Agile literature contains many agile suitability filter tools. In this article we’ll talk about the model developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. In this model, there are three main categories: culture, team, and project.
As far as culture is concerned, we think about the following question: “Is there a supportive environment with buy-in for the approach and trust in the team?” For the category “team”, we think about “Is the team of a suitable size to be successful in adopting agile, do its members have the necessary experience and access to business representatives to be successful?” And last, when we consider the “project” category, we think about the following question: “Are there high rates of change? Is incremental delivery possible? How critical is the project?”
The main categories are: culture, team, and project. Are there sub-categories? Yes. Under each main category, there are three sub-categories, there are a total of nine sub categories. Questions in each of these categories are answered and the results plotted on the radar chart. Clusters of values around the center of the chart indicate a good fit for Agile approaches. Results around the outside indicate a Waterfall approach is more suitable. Values in the middle portion indicate a hybrid approach will work well.
First we shall discuss about the culture
- The first one is related to buy-in approach which describes whether the senior sponsor understands and supports the agile approach for this project.
- The second one is related to the trust in team, while considering the representatives and sponsors who are working with the team and the stake holders have the confidence that the team can transform the vision and needs into a successful product or service
- The third one is related to the decision making power of the team, which gives the ability of the team making autonomy decisions to make their work easier.
The second parameter includes the questions related to the category of “team”. The questions are grouped in three items. The first item is “Team Size”. The second one is “Experience Levels” – which includes the skill level of the core team. The third one is “”Access to the Customer/Business” – will the team have access to at least one business or customer representative to ask questions are feedback.
The third parameter includes questions related to the category “Project”. The questions are grouped into three items. The first item is ‘likely hood of change’ – what will be the percentage of change discovered for each epic. The second item is the ‘criticality of the product or service’ – what is the impact and change in the product and what percentage of value it adds to the customer with increasing the value in the service. The third item is ‘incremental delivery’ – can it be built incrementally and whether the customers are available to give the feedback timely.
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