Vital Components of Product Development - Part 3
How to achieve agility without sacrificing focus
Previously, we discussed some of the benefits of an Agile product development process being connection, collaboration, and transparency. We covered how some of these benefits can be achieved. However, sometimes it feels like all of these collaborative efforts are pulling you in too many directions.
There is a way to manage the chaos. Here, we present an overview of how to maintain focus amidst the adaptable and realignment features of an Agile approach.
How to maintain an Agile approach without sacrificing focus.
With an Agile approach, teams deliver product features and functionality incrementally instead of doing so all at once at the end of a project. This reveals the value of our work early and often. Agile allows teams to incorporate feedback and make iterations without dramatically impacting the project. The complexity lies in maintaining focus amidst this collaborative Agile process so that value is still shown.
We all know how easy it can be to stray off course. We do it all the time. A phone call comes in. An e-mail pops up. Someone pings us for a meeting. In life when this happens, we manage to internally check ourselves, prioritize what is most important, and then work our way down our to-do list. The same can be said for an Agile approach to product development. It's just done on a highly managed scale.
Focus is maintained through checkpoints, standups, timelines, and story mapping. The process is a framework meant to keep you focused. The process is built to incorporate as many collaborators, iterations, and feedback sessions as necessary in order to get the project done. Trust in the Agile process. It is dynamic with positive results.
Keep using Agile.
Despite the chances of losing focus, an Agile design approach enables an organization to remain nimble and effective. The primary benefit of an Agile approach that incorporates consumer feedback is the fact that it shortens development time. Each product iteration is potentially shippable because each increment includes development, testing, and user acceptance. This allows products to go to market sooner, creating a competitive advantage. Additional benefits include:
• More flexibility in the design process.
• Improved communication and coordination between teams.
• Increased team productivity.
• Improved prioritization of tasks.
We are asking you to trust us because we have tried this process before. At Syncroness, we incorporate an Agile approach to your design processes because we have used it successfully on numerous projects.
Our experts at Syncroness have the knowledge and skills to strike just the right balance between an Agile approach and focus, no matter what challenges a project might present. We can optimize the design process to provide you with the most functional product in the most efficient manner possible.
While we've only scraped the surface of this topic here, you can look forward to more insight into our design process in upcoming blog posts. We believe that educating others about our uniquely effective approach to product development is a privilege, and we look forward to sharing more of our passion for a focused, Agile approach with you in the future.
In the meantime, contact us to learn how we can apply Agile product development to your next project.