Agile Concepts for a non-Agile Project

Sally Schmidt / November 14, 2019
Agile Concepts for a non-Agile Project

How Agile concepts got a large, non-Agile project launched 

I had a large project that had a one-year development timeline. During the testing phase, the client identified a mix of bugs and enhancements they wanted completed. As we approached the original launch date, there were still more enhancements identified. The client was open to approving additional budget for the enhancements, but the launch date kept being delayed. 

About this time, I attended the WIBADD conference and heard several presentations about Agile development. (WIBADD is the Wisconsin Business Analyst Development Day.) I was inspired to use three of the concepts to get this project launched: Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Project Backlog and Sprints. 

I worked with our developers to add estimates to each item on the list of all the bugs and enhancements and these became our Project Backlog Items (PBI). Then I determined how much development time we had available over the next 4 weeks (a 4-week Sprint). 

I created a quick Excel spreadsheet with the list of bugs and enhancements, the estimates and the total budget. The client was easily able to prioritize and choose which items should be completed within that sprint. 
The client agreed that at the end of that first sprint, the project would meet minimum requirements to be released (MVP). We also planned 2 additional 4-week sprints to add features that were important, but not needed for initial release. 

Using these Agile concepts, the project was successfully released as planned! The client really liked using the modified Project Backlog – it gave visibility to everything we kept putting in the “project parking lot” and provided needed transparency to the work and budget. 
Sally Schmidt
About the Author

Sally Schmidt
Web Solutions Consultant

Sally has 18 years’ experience researching and developing web sites and online applications. She sets the vision for projects by gathering, analyzing and defining business and functional requirements, and target audience needs and expectations. She guides decision making based on usage data and audience feedback analysis. Sally has earned the Google Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ).  

Sally facilitates communication between customers, creative, and technical teams to lead projects to successful on-time and on-budget completion.  

Sally has wide range of experience conducting usability interviews and developing surveys, sales and customer care tools, consumer community sites, and even games for kids. She has worked with small and large organizations including IBM, NFL, Kimberly-Clark, Brady Corp., Kohler, MTV, Pentair, ThedaCare, Madison Metropolitan School District, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Eau Claire Area School District, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Spring Lake Park School District and Charter Manufacturing. 

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