The popular Agile project methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban have their origins in the Toyota Manufacturing System. This concept was developed in the sixties and seventies of the last century and aimed to reduce waste. In the philosophy of lean manufacturing, waste is any expense or effort that does not convert raw materials into a product for which the customer is willing to pay. By optimizing process steps and eliminating waste, only real value is added during each production phase. One way to reduce waste is to make fewer mistakes. Total Quality Management, which emerged at the same time, therefore focused on the continuous improvement of work processes, Kaizen. The so-called Kanban board was a dashboard that allowed the production to be monitored.
Agile methodologies in IT
Today, lessons from the past have been applied in the ICT sector. With the adoption of Scrum, new roles and job descriptions have emerged. Examples include Product Owner, Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Devops. All these functions play a role in the team with the aim of developing good software together in an optimized process. The core of all Agile methodologies is that from the very beginning of a project, there is close collaboration and knowledge is shared. Instead of determining all the details in advance, there is a lot of room to fill them in during the project. This is only possible if the customer remains closely involved during the development process. For the role of Product Owner, the emphasis is on his knowledge of the users and their needs. He translates this into functionality that must be present in the application. The Scrum Master ensures that the work processes are followed and that all team members can fulfil their role. He provides backlog refinement, sprint planning, daily scrum stand-up, sprint reviews and retrospectives.
Soft & hard skills
The team who is working together on the creation of the product, shape this product during the process. It is precise because, for this reason, that good communication is a basic condition for Agile working. The disciplined follow-up of the agreed work processes is also important. This is all the more true if not all members of the team work in the same place. For all Agile facilitators, in addition to being specialists in their field, they must also have good communication skills and be able to work in a team in a disciplined manner.
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