How can we use Agile/Scrum after COVID-19 pandemic to speed up?

Agile is one of the best and very essential work methodologies. The mindset of agile and methodology has a lot to teach us as to how to work effectively when working differently. But here the question of how we use agile to speed up the process after this global pandemic is over. The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down everything in the world. This requires a fast pace work for the companies to stand again on their feet to come in the line of competition again. Agile is very popular for companies and organizations that seek innovations, speed, and focused customer priorities. It is not the tool used by the IT department rather it is used across the whole organization’s functions. This is also the fact that those companies that use agile throughout their companies are the most successful.

Agile has some really useful benefits which would be really helpful after this COVID-19 situation and the reasons behind are –

  • When things are uncertain then agile provides a regular routine pattern to move forward. When you are virtually standing with your team and reviewing the work then it inculcates a sense of positivity about the normalcy of the situation.
  • Agile also permit for quick shifts like when organization need to change the priorities or their approaches towards their goals. Agile is also used to split the work and accomplish targets bits by bits. when the situation like the current pandemic becomes normal and regular they can go back to a normal pace of working.
  • Agile also empowers the teams to make a decision instead of waiting for permission from the managers. This helps the teams to generate quick and speedy decisions. The COVID-19 has created much pressure on the system  so agile provides a chance to react quickly.

The COVID-19 crisis has promoted the trend of remote working. Agile helps team which are remote to interact. When all are working and meeting up on video conferencing then it promotes collaboration as it equalizes the participants. Agile can help organizations to achieve their goals after the COVID-19 by –

  • Establishing the time deadlines to accomplish the key tasks by time boxing the work
  • Inspecting the work for the quality and partnering with a team member for checking outputs. A kind of constant feedback is necessary.
  • Agile enhance the need for reviewing work rather than just completing and moving on to the next task.
  • Agile also facilitates the teams to make the right decisions over and over again.

Agile can help us during this difficult pandemic situation and also to a new normal life after it. The reason is organizations in the world are not anymore dependent on individual works rather now they are based on an agile mindset of promoting teams. The current condition needs a response based on calmness so that the complex problems can be handled and for this agile is proved to be a beneficial partner in the time of difficulty.

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How is Agile Project Management Changing the industry?

Agile Project Management has been taking the world by storm in the past few years. Agile is so unique in allowing the workers of a company to work on specific things that the company wants, no time is wasted on documentation or contract negotiations. Although it was designed for software development teams, Agile can be used in almost any industry due to the versatility.

What Even Is Agile Project Management?

            Like most project management solutions, it is simply a set of values and principles that the team believes in. As the name implies, agile is more focused on being agile and being flexible with the constantly changing world. One of the big ideas of agile management is breaking up each project into small “sprints” that are somewhat of a mini project themselves. Having smaller sprints in a project allows teams to focus on what is important to do now and allowing flexibility by not committing a large amount of time to a project that may not be desired by the time it finishes. The most important thing about this whole concept is the values that the must hold to be an effective, agile team.

What Are The Values of Agile Management?

Although these values can be adjusted for your specific use case, let’s look at what the original manifesto valued.

  • Agile teams value the individuals and the interactions experienced every day to be more important than processes and tools. This simply means that the individuals working on the project should be the guiding light compared to what the tools they have available say so. For instance, if you don’t have a leaf blower, you still can come up with a solution to clean up the leaves. You must allow your works to think about solutions to problems even if there isn’t a simple solution.
  •   Agile teams value working software over comprehensive documentation. As you can tell, this is where software development leaks in, however if you change the words around, it can be used anywhere. Agile teams should focus on completing the project rather than writing in a paper on how they plan on completing the project. The more time focused on going through with a solution will result in a faster and better solution.
  • Agile teams value customer collaboration over contract negotiation. This one is similar to the previous one where agile teams want to waste as little time as possible while providing the best product as possible. Teams following the agile management plan will want to work directly with their customers throughout the project without worrying about any contract negotiation. Usually the negotiation will be light at the beginning and won’t be mentioned throughout the project. We simply want to give the customer what they want, as fast as possible.

            Finally, agile teams value responding to change over following a plan. Although a general plan is still important, responding to the ever-changing desires of the customer and the world is a lot more important. Agile teams will focus on the next few weeks rather than the next few years, since the next weeks are likely more important to the customer. If you would follow the overall plan, you may not be able to include parts the customer decides they want halfway through. So, focusing on change does allows for more flexibility.

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What are the best project management tools for 2020?

The project management industry is very interesting because of its roots in almost every field and profession. Project management software is a set of tools that are used to enhance the efficiency of the team either in a multinational company or a growing unit. There are various tasks that are done correctly and in time with the use of project management tools. These tools help in defining a project schedule for your team, collaborating with teams, tracking and reporting of error, sharing of resources and documentation, and budget tracking. The best tools for project management for 2021 is as following.

  • Podio Project management.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is one of the most customization and affordable project management tool that give you the best tool for your money. Every price tier for Podio is offered at a fixed rate no matter how many users you include. This tool is helpful in tracking your projects, collaboration with your team, you can create your custom functions. This is very good for projects that require specific needs. This tool requires learning before you can operate it to its full potential.

  • Asana Project management.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This project management tool is very popular among many companies all over the world. One of the best features of Asana which makes is so popular is its user interface. The user interface is simple and easy to use, not only this but you can have various flexible options over how it looks and can move your task around it very easily. You can access the activity feed and can collaborate with your team members very conveniently. This is a very good project management tool for simple projects.

  • Trello Project management.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is Kanban based project management tool which is good for all types of projects and teams to handle marketing projects, tracking of customer support, software development, HR tracking and also some forms of Agile methodology. Managing projects in Trello, is very great for tracking and mapping of your procedures when you are about to develop a project management plan.

  • TeamGantt Project management

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This project management tool is very user friendly and easy to learn. It is very useful for teams of all experience levels. This tool is quite expensive in terms of the price tag. It can able to handle all kinds of Gantt charts to roadmaps of projects. You can track all in this tool about your multiple projects and multiple teams.

  • ProofHub Project management

Rating: 3 out of 5.

It is is also one of the most popular project management tools. It is easy to understand. You can organize your teams and projects from the ease of your dashboard. It also helps you to set alerts for a different status. It also comes with various customizable options to control the color scheme of your tool and its layouts. It also supports various languages. In this tool, you can assign custom roles to the team members and in this way, they can access the tool. In this way only authorized persons will have the right to access sensitive information. This security feature of ProofHub is one of its best feature.

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