WillDom Launches First eBook Around Agile Development

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Great news! WillDom is proud to announce the launch of its first eBook “Agile Framework” which discusses what this modern approach is, why companies NEED to be considering this methodology for their technology workflow and processes, and the benefits they can receive by adopting an agile methodology. 

Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect to read and the value you’ll receive by downloading this free eBook. 

The enterprise moves at light speed, and technology plays a pivotal role in enabling companies to not only become an innovator and leader in their industry, but to gain an advantage over their competitors. Innovation through technology has become standard practice, and those that are not investing the time, energy, and money into reinforcing and growing their practices will be left behind. The road from conception to launch of a product/service is long and difficult. Without strong collaboration amongst teams and a built-out workflow, companies will not reach their potential. 

And so, we introduce an agile methodology. When project managing, being able to oversee the process by breaking it into phases enables everyone involved in the project – such as teams on the business side and technical side – to remain on the same page with activities from planning to execution to evaluating. 

We’ve broken this process down into five phases: Proposal. Alignment, Execution, Release, Evolution. 

Phase 1: Proposal – When starting a project, companies are often overwhelmed because they look at everything that will be needed, instead of breaking it down into smaller components; they envision the end product and everything it entails at the start. Instead, we detail the value of a minimal viable product (MVP) and how this can streamline your tech objectives by building the product incrementally, while at the same time getting thoughts and feedback from customers as it’s being built in order to create a great final version. Download the eBook to learn the five steps of creating an MVP, as well as the three main benefits (customer feedback, flexibility, and quick release). 

Phase 2: Alignment – As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of steps, processes, and collaboration that need to go into building a product or service. Multiple teams need to work cohesively in order to reach the company’s objective. To set yourself up for success, it’s critical to get a clear picture of client needs and goals. In this stage, a framework is put together for the length of the project. Both sides of the table come together to discuss responsibilities, deadlines, timelines, and a range of other important criteria. For example, an in-person kickoff meeting (if possible) that gets everyone in the same room is a great way to start the project. In this section, you will learn about key questions that should be asked before the project begins, as well as how to stay on track and on deadline, and what to do if things don’t go according to plan. 

Phase 3: Execution – In this phase, it’s time to take all that hard work of pre-planning and actions from the kickoff meeting and put it into action! This stage is where you’ll build and act on estimations, sprint planning, and roadmap creations. Of course, once these plans are put into action, a concentrated focus will need to be put on demos and retrospective meetings to leverage lessons learned during the project. In the Execution phase, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to an agile methodology. Professionals will learn firsthand how their colleagues like to work – everyone has their unique way of doing things – and adapt accordingly in order to arrive at the goals of this phase. The main components of the Execution phase include sprint planning, sprint execution, demo, retrospective, and documentation.

Phase 4: Release –  After grueling weeks/months of executing sprints, building demos, and retrospective meetings, it’s finally time to get your product out to the world! There are best practices and considerations that, once understood, make for a successful launch while at the same time enabling you to continue delivering real results to end users. Just as in the other phases, making sure you have a release plan that is agreed and approved by everyone is critical. In this section, we’ll detail the best practices that come along with a successful product launch, how to create a release plan, as well as the adoption plan. 

Phase 5: Iteration – The evolution phase is meant to be continuous, which means the iterative phase is all about fine-tuning to make your product the best it can be. In this stage, the two main goals are identifying opportunities for the client and co-creating a new business solution with the client. This section is very helpful in teaching you to use data and analytics to continually improve the product on the tech side, as well as supporting the client to make better decisions moving forward. 

If you’re comfortable or satisfied with where your company is at with its tech capabilities, you NEED to read this eBook. Organizations are trying new things and testing their limits to gain a competitive advantage, and an agile framework is uniquely positioned to get companies to where they need to be in this day and age. WillDom has been advocating and providing agile services for the past decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping organizations launch innovative products and services quickly and efficiently. 

Take the first step of learning more about agile development and how your company can benefit from it by downloading our FREE Agile Frameworks eBook!

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