What are Agile Methodologies?
A project management approach that involves breaking the project into phases and emphasizes continuous collaboration and improvement. Teams follow a cycle of planning, executing, and evaluating.
Unlike Waterfall, which is a project management approach where one contributor or discipline, completes a specific part of a project and then throws it over the wall to the next contributor or discipline; agile focuses on cross-functional teams that openly communicate, collaborate and adapt as the project goes on.
Agile is not defined by a set of ceremonies or techniques but instead is a philosophy focused on commuting teams to tight feedback cycles and continuous improvement.
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
- Working software over comprehensive documentation.
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation.
- Responding to change over following a plan.
The Agile Manifesto also laid out a set of principles to follow:
Scrum vs Agile Methdologies
- Scrum is about continuously shipping values to clients or customers and a framework for getting things done.
- Agile is a set of values, principles and way of thinking.
As implementing agile methodologies is far more difficult than working in scrum as it requires a change in the way individuals, teams and organizations think vs a framework that helps you think in a more agile way and practice implementing agile principles into your communication and your work.
To learn more about the key ceremonies of Scrum consult the link below.
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