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Agile Development

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This series is focused on approaching HRIS Project Management from outside of the box as experienced and documented by Garrett O’Brien of CGServicesUSA Inc as well as Lauren Gander of HR Software Solutions, Inc.

Let’s be clear right up front that we are not ditching any of the methodologies of Project Management. Instead, we are taking a look at just why some projects go so well while most others do not from our own experiences as well as those documented elsewhere. From there we are focusing on the successful elements that seem to be missing from most Project Management methodologies. The projects that do not go so well happen more frequent than not and it seems most Project Managers just give in to timeline extensions and over budget occurrences as being part of the learning curve to gain for the next project as well as being part of the job.

Garrett did as well until his 5th project and decided there was more to making a project come in on-time and within budget than just luck and more likely the cause of missing skills as well as incorrect perceptions. If some Project Managers could run most if not all their projects on time and within budget while most others could not, then we sought out to find out why some could consistently do so well.

We look into what contributed to those consistent successes in our entire content series The HRIS World Project Insights Series™ with the first 6 posts sharing the professional experiences of Garrett O’Brien. These 1st 6 posts are the foundation of most of this series and it is highly suggested you give them a good read. They are easily found with the short URLs to /thwCESintro6 as well as in the listing of related content in the toggle box at the end of all posts related to this series.

All other content arrives from contributors like you as well as the sharing of experiences from Lauren Gander’s company. Feel free to reach out to us if you wish to contribute some your thoughts via a post by clicking the contact us button on the lower right of any page.

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This guest post is being republished and was originally submitted by Chris Bell – writer, VP, Software Engineer. Unfortunately, that is all we have on him right now as his information was lost when our database corrupted.

Agile development (also known as scrum development) is the practice of designing and releasing software features in frequent intervals.

Rather than releasing a final version of a software application at one time, agile teams are continuously releasing new iterations of an application, adding new features and refining the user experience.

Using agile practices, companies can enjoy a range of advantages beyond the traditional methods of software development.

Here are just 5 of the many benefits created by agile development…

Faster Return On Investment

By employing agile practices, you can start integrating your new software more quickly than if you use the traditional waterfall method of software development.

This means you can start taking advantage of the new features in your software sooner, allowing you to start seeing a return on your investment earlier in the process.

Continuously Improving Product

The very point of agile development is to create a software application that is continuously improving.

As developers test out software versions, learn new things, and get user feedback, they can modify the application to improve its performance in the next version.

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Thus, each iteration is better than its last, so the software is always getting better.

Of course, this also contributes to a better return on your users’ software investment, which can be an excellent benefit to them.

Adapt On the Fly

Business environments are constantly changing.

If your company’s software can’t keep up, your product will become irrelevant to the marketplace.

With agile practices, you can adapt to changing business environments on the fly, adding new features and customizations to make your software work in new ways.

Traditional software development just can’t match the flexibility that is afforded with agile practices.

Reduce Development Risks

Every software development project comes with risks.

In the end, success is determined by if the product delivers what the user needs to efficiently perform the task at hand.
With traditional software development methods, you run the risk of delivering software that might technically meet the user’s requirements but not really be what they wanted.

Agile development reduces the risk of this taking place through the ongoing, frequent delivery of working software that allows users to provide feedback throughout the development process.

Increase Creativity and Innovation

With traditional software development, the development team is focused simply on the day-to-day tasks involved in designing a software application.

They don’t have time to think outside the box to find innovative additions that will make the software better than first planned because they’re simply concerned with sticking to the tight development schedule.

Agile development creates a development environment that allows room for innovation based on feedback and ongoing testing and learning.

The Last Word

With these benefits, it’s clear that switching to agile development can help your company get to the next level.

Your users will be more satisfied with your product and it will help you stay ahead of industry trends.

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Garrett is the publisher, editor, writer forThe HRIS World Research Group, which includes The HRIS World, The HRIS World Research, The HRIS World Jobs, The HRIS World News, The HRIS World NewsMagazines, and The HRIS World Videos

With more than 20 years in roles as a client executive sponsor (#thwCES), project manager as well as functional/technical lead, Garrett is sought for his expertise for project insights, thought leadership, and team management globally.

He has been involved in large-scale and complex implementations since 1991 and has recently moved his operations to be with his wife in Brazil.

Garrett has had the pleasure of working with some of the greatest talents in the industry, and constantly shares his experiences and knowledge through content and webinars.

He maintains his fluency in Portuguese, German, French, and English with his various endeavors and contacts..

When not working, you will have to be adventurous to stay up with him as Garrett loves motorcycling, gunnery, boating, sailing, flying, and sports fishing -- and accompanying his wife on her various likes

About The HRIS World Research Group

The HRIS World blog, which is read by more than 50,000 from more than 160 countries monthly, manages to have more than 550,000 pages viewed monthly. 40%+ of the audience are decision-makers in their organization (and about half of that being C-levels!).

As CEO for CGServices USA Inc, he focuses on multi-provider, multi-line implementations consultation for HRIS systems

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