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Agile Phases Overview

Instructor: Jagina McIntyre

Jagina has conducted professional training in communications and analytics for 12 plus years, with a a degree from Kent State University in Journalism and Communications.

Welcome to the world of agile development phases, where you will learn how to successfully create and work in a process where there will always be ongoing changes.

Empowering Teamwork Through Agile Development

Have you ever been working on a project where no one seems to know where it starts or ends? Perhaps you do not know what's expected of you during each phase of a project. Well, agile phase development may be the best way to get on track.

Agile development is a type of project management that focuses on ongoing planning, testing, and integration through team collaboration. Unlike traditional project management, the goal is to encourage team empowerment in making project decisions quickly.

There are five stages of agile development:

  1. envision - describes the overall vision of a project, while also identifying the key stakeholders that will be involved in the project. It may also be referred to as the inception phase.
  2. construction - outlines the project requirements and identifies the major milestones of the project. May be referred to as the speculative phase.
  3. explore - create a release plan and review the alternatives to the execution. It is the transitional phase.
  4. production - review the results of the transitional phase. Assess the current situation and performance of the project results. Review feedback from key stakeholders. This is the adaption phase.
  5. retire - Write up the project's key lessons and closeout the previous versions of the software or other project components.

There are five phases to agile development.

Where to Begin

During the first stage of the project the overall cost and schedule for the project needs to be established. The project manager must also gather the potential risks that could put a halt on the project. During the second phase those risks have to be accepted by the key stakeholders to move the project forward. The current system has to be checked for stability and a project plan is created.

Where Do We Go From Here

During the third phase it is all about getting the project developed and into production. There is repeated testing before release. The stakeholders must also sign off on this phase. The fourth phase is when the final software or product becomes available to the end users. At this point only minor changes should be made to the product. Customer support is offered to the end users to help them operate the new or updated system or use the product.

Closing It Out

It is important to remove or retire the prior system or product without causing a delay in business. The legacy system or product retirement identifies the official completion of a project. There may still continue to be software updates or releases to the new system after a legacy system has been retired. Those updates should be minor.

Example

Imagine you work for a small cell phone company and every 12 months your company releases a new version of their cell phone software, equipped with the latest gadgets. You have been selected as the project manager. You send out an email to the key stakeholders within the company, which you believe will be involved in the implementation of the next version. This list includes the CEO of the company, the heads of marketing, software development, finance, etc.. Each group creates a team that will be involved in bringing the upgrades to market. This is a routine update, however there is a higher risk during this upgrade, as you find out that the lead software developer is no longer with the company.

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