Are Agile frameworks appropriate for all projects? Well, to answer this question, we need to dig down into many factors. First, we need to understand what a project management framework is? It is a set of rules and practices that guides you to organize your project in the best way to ensure maximum performance.
What is an Agile Framework?
An agile framework is a project management framework with an adaptive approach. In this method, the project is divided into numerous sub-sets. Moreover, it involves a constant collaboration of the team and all other stakeholders to improve the product continuously.
It allows the team to build a product while being adaptive to the rapidly evolving demands of the customer and other stakeholders. This way, the product built is always following the latest market trends.
Which Type of Project is Suitable for an Agile Framework?
If your product is hard to predict and needs constant adaptability, an agile framework is the right choice. In an adaptive life cycle, the team follows a feedback loop with small and usable subsets of the product, develops them, and gets feedback from the stakeholders. Then creates and designs other subsets based on the feedback given by the stakeholders on previous sub-sets.
Why is an Agile Framework Not Appropriate for All Projects?
To use the Agile framework, you need to fulfill these two conditions.
1. Deliver Incrementally
Instead of delivering the final product at the end of the project as we do in the waterfall method, the Agile framework requires you to split the end product into several pieces/phases. These phases are usable subsets of the product developed by the team one by one, and the stakeholders receive feedback. So, for example, after accomplishing a usable subset, the team moves onto the following usable subset because the Agile framework requires usable subsets of a product to get feedback from the stakeholders.
For example, if a team has a goal to develop a software, then its first simple and usable version is developed, and then new features are added as an increment to the older version. Thus, every increment adds value to the older version of the software and provides more ease to the customers/users of that software.
2. Develop the Product Iteratively
When you have to deliver incrementally, you shall develop iteratively, which means that you have to repeat the development process for every increment. For example, suppose your team is developing software. In that case, it needs to design, code, integrate and test every part/subset of the software separately instead of performing all these tasks once as we do in a waterfall method.
The agile framework is appropriate for most projects, especially projects in the information technology industry. However, to get a clear idea of whether it is the right one for your project, you need to study it and other project management methods.