FORMING YOUR AGILE TEAM

So now that your organization has adopted the agile methodology, it is time to form your agile project team and get things officially moving.  Before doing so, it is important to understand the importance of assembling a self-organizing team that is composed of cross-functional members, rather than just highly specialized ones.  This approach allows the team to be comprised of members that have their specific technical specialties as well as general knowledge of multiple disciplines within the software development lifecycle.  In addition, members of a self-organizing team are capable of adapting their work processes to be more effective.

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In keeping with Agile principles, your team must be primarily focused on providing a true value to the customer through the realization of the project.  Below, are a few tips for helping your company create a successful team:

1) Size:  Gather at least 5-6 team members to ensure that there will be a robust exchange of ideas

2) Roles:  Include a variety of job roles and functions in the team mix to cover the different areas of product development.

3) Leadership:  Identify an Agile project manager who will serve as a facilitator and coordinator, helping the team to remain focused during the product development process.

4) Education:  Provide agile training to the entire team, rather than just one key individual.  By offering training to the entire team, much miscommunication or even confusion regarding the development process can be avoided.

Once you have assembled the team, you can officially kick off the agile project.  This builds a sense of camaraderie and teamwork from the beginning, motivating them toward a common goal – a finished, high quality product for a valued customer.

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