Creact: how we structure our projects with Agile methodology

By June 13, 2023 App World

Creact's team has for many years relied on the so-called Agile methodology, which is now a must-have for so many companies around the world. This kind of work approach makes the Project Management much faster and leaner.

In fact, this mechanism is mainly based on small phases and project reviews at close intervals in time, referred to as sprints, which are then followed by software releases that occur steadily. Today, the Agile method is finding more and more space for building digital strategies as it enables companies in any field to adapt quickly to the changing environment.

It is no coincidence that the ability to act promptly on changes is a basic requirement for the success of one's business. The pandemic from Covid-19 has speeded up operational decisions in the company even more, forcing continual changes to be executed in tighter time frames.

Also changing, however, has been the very concept of business, which more than before must be resilient and indeed, agile. The very stages of development of any business inevitably become shorter.

The steps of an Agile project

Today we live in an era of great change and transformation that requires enormous adaptability and flexibility. In fact, in such an environment the pace of work becomes increasingly tight and hectic. In the past, a project was created as if it were a single block and it was only with the advent of the Agile system that more streamlined work management began to develop.

With the Agile approach, daily practices are broken down into smaller segments that are implemented in shorter time frames and directly involving the customer. In Creact we rely on the following steps for accurate and timely development of the projects we are trusted with.

Identification of key figures

To manage an Agile project, it is necessary to identify some key figures in advance for proper execution of the work. The first is the Product Owner, usually a customer contact person who is responsible for the development of a product within specific time and budget constraints. He or she is in charge of the overall coordination of the project and ensures that changes are implemented by the team. Another essential figure is the Scrum Master who is dedicated to achieving the goals of the working group and exchanging information among its members.

Set up dedicated teams

With the classic Waterfall approach, it often happens that in order to meet deadlines it is then necessary to involve other people for short periods, who must still be educated on the scope of implementation. Instead, with the Agile method you have a breakdown into dedicated teams and tighter, improving the quality of work and productivity of the people involved in the project.

Timeboxing

An Agile project is divided into. iterations (sprints) that last 3-4 weeks on average. At the beginning of each sprint, the team identifies the features to be implemented, extracting them from the product backlog and then scheduling the necessary activities. On a daily basis, the people involved in the project have a discussion during a meeting of very short duration, just 15 minutes, during which problems and critical issues are identified.

High-frequency deliveries

With the Waterfall method, we have a series of macro-relaunches at regular intervals, and therefore it is not possible to execute the next phase without finishing the previous one. Instead, Agile projects are distinguished by. more frequent releases Of intermediate versions of the software. Doing so avoids delays in the final delivery of the product and confronts the customer by having some material available to highlight anomalies or difficulties each time.

Direct confrontation with the customer

One of the most important elements for us working with Agile approach is. interaction with the customer, ensured by the availability of software tools that make it possible to coordinate with a single tool all the workflow, attached tasks and any problems so that they can be solved in a short time.

Correcting goals and errors in progress

In today's dynamic and constantly changing business scenario, it is unthinkable to manage IT projects by fixing initial assumptions for the duration of the project. In fact, the Agile methodology is very less rigid and formal in its structure compared to the Waterfall approach. Not surprisingly, the development of the work envisioned by the Agile method allows clients to change their minds as they go along, then make the right corrections and set new goals as needed that differ from the initial ones.

Focus on business needs

In any job executed in an Agile setting every iteration cycle ends with the Sprint Review, that is, the verification of the actual achievement of the objectives set by the sprint. Another important moment is the Sprint Retrospective, where at regular intervals the team meets to discuss and best direct the next steps aimed at meeting the necessary business needs and quality standards.

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