9 Ways Agile Software Management Can Benefit Your Team

This is part of a blog series for practical tips on how to be more productive, cultivate creativity and growth within your company, and nurture a vibrant culture among your teams.

When it comes to executing a big project, your team needs the ability to adjust on the fly and adapt. Problems can occur, customers can change their minds, and other stakeholders can make unexpected requests that threaten to throw the entire development process off course.

That’s why more traditional plan-guided approaches to software development don’t always deliver the best results. Those approaches force your team to make decisions and finalize project details very early in the process, and changes — even those dictated by the market or customer — are hard to overcome.

Agile software management, on the other hand, offers you more flexibility to manage stakeholders’ dynamic needs and problems that inevitably pop up. You can quickly adapt and ensure that you deliver the highest quality product on time.

Here are 9 reasons for you to consider agile software management for your next team project:

1.  Work begins more quickly

You don’t need to take months to flesh out a plan and outline specs in detail. Instead, your team establishes just enough requirements for the project so that the coders can begin building the core components of the software. Development begins quickly and you tweak and alter the plan as you progress through each iteration.

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2.  Products go to market faster

You can release a minimum viable product and begin making money much sooner than if you wait for a complete final version. Once you release your beta version, you can continue tweaking the software until you “perfect” it.

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3.  Customers are happy with the end product

You have the opportunity to develop, test, and share your progress with clients in short intervals. As a result, clients can offer feedback on functionality and other aspects in time for you to make adjustments. Doing so ensures that the final version meets customer expectations, rather than forcing them to accept an unsatisfactory end product.

4.  Risk is lower

Because you can test software before finalizing it, you ensure that it is going to meet the needs of the client and perform well in the current market, before you or the client invests too much time and money. It is clear early on if  if a project is destined for failure, allowing you to pull out before it’s too late.

5.  Bugs don’t get past early iterations

You catch pesky problems early on, ensuring a higher-quality product with fewer bugs upon completion. With each iteration, you can focus on creating the highest-quality product.

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6.  Transparency is higher

All stakeholders — from team members to customers to corporate leaders — can track the progress of a project, ensuring that it stays on track, hits deadlines, and meets the expectations of everyone involved. Transparency ensures that everyone is always on the same page.

7.  Forecasting is more accurate

Your team will be able to more effectively predict the timetable for project completion and ship date. You can also more accurately forecast expenses, ensuring that you don’t exceed your budget. You will also experience fewer missed deadlines.

8.  Productivity increases

Employees and other stakeholders work together from the very beginning of the project, communicate often, and troubleshoot issues as they pop up. Work is more efficient because team members discover and resolve problems early on. This leads to less rework, shortening the path from programming to market.

9.  Top software engineers will want to work with you

Agile environments are attractive to many premium software engineers, and if you can offer this work style, you increase your chances of recruiting the best talent in the industry.

While Agile is incredibly advantageous, it can be hard to implement if you’re used to traditional management systems. Tools like Tempo for JIRA simplify the process of agile software development efforts, offering flexibility to team leads, project managers, and scrum masters to adapt and pivot as circumstances require.

Tempo Planner can help

Tempo Planner for JIRA and JIRA Agile can help you manage the above and achieve your organizational goals, keeping your teams on track and on time. Tempo Planner offers resource scheduling, capacity and sprint planning, and roadmap and release planning, and is available for JIRA Server on the Atlassian Marketplace (Tempo Planner for JIRA Cloud is coming soon!).

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Jessie
Jessie is a New York transplant living in Reykjavík. Her motto is #ABL—always be learning— and having some fun along the way. As the head of marketing, communications & legal initiatives at Tempo, Jessie thinking about storytelling, building a strong brand, growth, teamwork, and grit.

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