An agile team has become the necessity of companies who are dedicated to finishing projects faster than anyone else. Such a team does not devote attention to any other project while they are working on a single project.
What is an agile project?
An agile project allows team members to work on different aspects of the project independently but in coordination.
But ever since remote work came into the picture it’s tough to handle these agile teams.
Earlier these teams were located together and worked easily. The main reason why agile teams have become inevitable is that the conventional project handling approach is no longer feasible. When changes are required in project needs, an agile team can cope up quite swiftly.
How technology can help?
The chief information officers of companies have responsibilities of handling such agile teams.
The major part in the delivery of an agile project is played by the technical team of a company. It’s because the project can only go on smoothly when the company has the latest technology. With such technology, a company can ensure that the customers are given project deliveries after some time gaps as their requirements change. Through technology, all this is possible because there is a sample of customers through which you get knowledge about how the developed work-in-progress meets their expectations.
An agile team can introduce changes on its own and the project manager only sees that the project happens without any obstacles. Therefore agile teams are easier to control. But, the job of technology is to ensure that the teams are guided well. Let’s get to know how does technology helps such teams. The technology officer of the company can take various measures and inform the senior management if the teams are facing issues:
He should call such team members daily on audio or video: The technology officer may not be present in such calls but his job is to see that the team members can get access to each other. Now how does such a team collaborate? These team members should have access to collaboration software that allows them to talk to each other and share screens and notes. There are private team collaboration tools such as Flowdock where chats can only be accessed by team members. The job of a technology officer in such a case is to make sure that agile teams have access to such software and call each other to discuss any new developments. Such members should be able to post on social networking sites which can only be accessed by other teammates.
Make sure that the stakeholders are happy: This implies that they get regular information about how the project is progressing. So as a technology officer your job is to know from them the required frequency of such updates. So, you can send them daily/weekly/monthly updates on emails as required. Make sure that the project updates are given frequently because the agile teams are not doing any other project in the meantime. They are supposed to work wholeheartedly on the project and complete it fast. Make sure that the agile teams are continuously informed about the project feedback from customers.
Make sure that the project is terminated when there are danger signs: Such signs emerge when the customers don’t know the goals. They are finding faults even after making changes.
The customer is not happy with the project team and is giving negative feedbacks which can be due to the inexperience of the latter. The team might be unable to implement changes suggested by customers because they are not aware of the technology. In this case, the project will take longer duration than expected and will exceed the agreed budget and timeline. So the customer won’t make payments.
The team can’t function due to the mounting pressure which can be true for some people. Hence this is how an agile project can be managed.