Common Agile Tools and Techniques
by Stephanie Herman and Dr. Michael Crawley
An Agile approach to project management aims for early, measurable ROI through iterative delivery of product increments that involves the customer throughout the product development cycle. You may be wondering what you can expect to see when using an Agile development life cycle. There are some elements, tools and techniques that are commonly used in Agile projects.
Some common elements, tools, and techniques include:
- An Agile mindset that delivers iteratively, learns fast, and leverages feedback to improve
- Chartering and developing high-performing, self-directed, and self-organizing teams
- An organizational culture of servant leadership to empower the team
- A collaborative mindset that collaborates with the customer as well as the team and broader organization
- Daily standups, sprints, iterative planning, and release planning
- Virtual Conferencing Tools, instant messaging, video conferencing, electronic team boards, Demonstrations, Reviews
- Epics, user stories, story points, test cases, cumulative flow diagrams, etc.
- An iterative development life cycle delivering concepts, incremental value, rolling wave-planning, and product backlogs
- Readiness for change, adaptability, and continuous integration
- Facilitating organizational learning through project velocity profiles, retrospective findings, and lessons learned registers and repositories
- Value-driven focus powered by metrics, data, and feedback
- Information radiators (task/Kanban boards, burn charts, feature charts, cumulative flow diagrams) that communicate information efficiently and succinctly
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