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How Process Makes Perfect

Benefits realized by applying the Agile process

24 August 2015

Getting a team from where it is now to where you want it to go is not a simple task to undertake. Planning the process is key to making this and other transitions work.

Effects on a project when no process is followed

Without a process to follow, the project experiences the following negative effects:
  • Stressed team.
  • Increased rework. Team members end up scheduling frequent overtime.
  • Lack of proper documentation. Work specifications are communicated only through word of mouth. Developers (or the whole team) understand that it was A, but the client wanted B.
  • Delays with onboarding. When an employee leaves the team, a new member added to the team and that member's ramp-up cause significant project delays.
  • Single (or specialized) skills reduce the progress of the project and the team. The collaborator accumulates more functions to add to the backlog.
  • Disorder and increased duplicate effort. Few or no meetings create confusion over the scope and details of work. The lack of project status and other communication lead to the potential duplication of tasks and efforts.

A simple solution to complex projects

Create Agile project teams. These teams close the gap between business areas and IT, reduce the workload, do away with rework, and improve communication and team performance. After comparing project performance with the traditional method, you will realize the following benefits:
  • The complicated process becomes simple. This is accomplished through the precise mapping of dates for each working phase (timebox). That is, a time interval has a date and time for completion. If the project fails to meet the deadline, time is not extended, but rather it is given another timebox. This is easy to do by following best practices.
  • The complex process leads to emerging best practices. Practices that are implemented lead to quick answers.
Managing the time, scope, and cost factors does not ensure success in Agile. You must ensure quality through processes and the involvement of the entire team. An Agile process ensures clear, efficient communication for both the customer and the Agile team.

Effects on a project when a process is followed

  • Good planning
  • Team unity
  • People come before processes
  • Timely notice to each team member
  • Accessible information
  • Motivated team
  • Expectations are exceeded
  • Division of risk
  • Maximized performance
  • Reduced waste
  • More effective team who responds to change easily
  • Continued iteration on difficult problems
  • Continuous improvement


Having only a plan does not work, but planning activities does. To plan an activity is to anticipate the necessary steps to achieve it and to ensure control of its variables, such as time, deadline, and cost.


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