Agile development focuses majorly on adding value to customers. Agile team work on iteration and at the end of every iteration, customer feedback is evaluated which paves the way for further improvement. All these working on iteration and regular interval changes might create host of problems in agile project management. To resolve these problems there are host of problem solving techniques that needs to be taken care of by the project manager and the agile team. Stopping a problem as soon as recovered is an important recipe of success for any project, be it agile or not. While looking for an agile problem, the agile team working on the project needs to look at different levels.
- Process level: In this level, the agile team needs to recognize how they are doing with agile adoption.
- Quality and performance level: Based on quality and performance level, the project manager needs to understand individual skills and should think of ideas to do better.
- The team dynamics dimension: The agile team needs to understand the requirements to make the agile team work better towards achievement of the goal.
There are various Agile Project solving techniques that can be followed by agile team in order to resolve problems in agile and work effectively towards achievement of the agile project. Few of these agile project solving techniques are discussed below.
- Establish yourself as a devil’s advocate: Make sure that as a project manager or a leader, you will ask a lot of questions. The questions should be asked in order to help the entire team towards some progressive work along with opening up to alternate ideas.
- Be kind, rewind: Ask a lot of questions to your agile team and push them towards solving the problems and at the same time motivate them to generate new ideas.
- Don’t let them waste more time on meta-problems: Relentlessly, focus on the big problem and not on the smaller or Meta problems. It is tempting to stay on Meta problem as they are smaller but not always helpful.
- Ask probing questions: Scrutinize the team and understand what they are thinking by asking a lot of probing questions.
- Use reflective listening: Reflective listening is a technique in which the listener repeats or paraphrases what he has just heard. The purpose of this technique is to confirm understanding of customer’s feedback and let them know that they are heard.
- Avoid injecting your own ideas: Even if you have a better idea, always let your team speak first and try to pick the best idea out of them. This will help your team to become more interactive and motivate them to put forwards their ideas.
- Lead them to the answer: Always make a habit of allowing your agile team towards the answer. Even though you know the answer, avoid giving it to them directly. Rather ask questions and give hints and lead them towards the answer.
These are some of the best agile problem solving techniques followed by agile practitioners. To know more about agile problem solving techniques and agile project management, you can join Simplilearn’s online agile training and improve your PMI-ACP exam preparation towards attaining a PMI-ACP agile certification. You can also attend agile certification classroom training courses for better insights. Know the upcoming dates of PMI-ACP agile certification training for your city.