Introduction to Agile Scrum
Agile development is a common umbrella term used for today’s highly iterative and incremental approaches to software development. The term was first used in 2001 when the Agile Manifesto was published as a unifying charter by many of the leading visionaries in the software field at the time who were fed up with traditional approaches to software development. Unlike traditional software development practices, agile development methodologies such as Scrum, Extreme Programming, Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM), Lean Development, Feature-Driven Development (FDD), Crystal, Adaptive Software Development (ASD), and others incorporate close, cross-functional collaboration and frequent planning and feedback as fundamental tenets inherent to the evolution of a software system.
There are a number of competing project management methodologies and philosophies in the modern business world. We’ve taken a comprehensive, in-depth look at four of the most popular project management methodologies: Agile, Waterfall, Scrum, and Kanban. For a full look at the competing strategies, we encourage you to read the full post.
Although there are plenty of ways to approach the nuts and bolts of project management, there are two primary overarching philosophies: Agile and Waterfall. Let’s take a closer look at these two philosophies, what they mean, and which is right for your team.
The intention of Agile is to align development with business needs, and the success of Agile is apparent. Agile projects are customer focused and encourage customer guidance and participation. As a result, Agile has grown to be an overarching view of software development throughout the software industry and an industry all by itself.
USE SMARTSHEET TO GET STARTED WITH AGILE
Smartsheet is a spreadsheet-inspired task and project management tool with powerful collaboration and communication features that are crucial for Agile project management. You can make real-time updates and alert your team about the new changes, and share your plan with internal and external stakeholders to increase transparency and keep everyone on the same page.
Since Smartsheet is cloud-based you can track project requirements, access documents, create timelines, and send alerts from virtually anywhere. Choose from broad range of smart views – Grid, Calendar, Gantt, Dashboards – to manage projects the way you want. Plus, with our newest view, Card View, teams have a more visual way to work, communicate, and collaborate in Smartsheet. Card View enables you to focus attention with rich cards, give perspective with flexible views, and prioritize and adjust work more visually. Act on tasks and change status of work by dragging and dropping cards through lanes to immediately share decisions with the entire team.