Structured Agility - Logient

Structured Agility: rigorous project management combined with the flexibility offered by Agility.

Our experience proves that maintaining agile practices in our project execution maximizes development efficiency and return on investment. However, most IT projects for the vast majority of companies must respect a budget and a schedule, in addition to including a series of defined functionalities. The absence of this structuring framework gives the project initiator the impression of losing control, although in theory, Agility was designed to do just that. 

The Structured Agility offered at Logient consist of maintaining iterative development practices divided into sprints, around which planning, creation, validation and implementation will take place. The difference: the addition of a governance framework to rigorously monitor budget, schedule and scope. In other words, the Project Office (PMO) remains relevant, manages the entire project portfolio and assigns a Project Manager (PM) for each project. The PM participates and supports all parties involved to ensure transparency and monitoring of scope, timeline and budget.

An approach based on scrum operating principles and that offers a multitude of advantages.

  • Ensures frequent delivery of operational versions of the application
  • Integrates continuous improvement processes at all stages of the project
  • Allows recurring planning sessions throughout the project to provide visibility & predictability to all parties involved
  • Provides predictability (budget, schedule, tasks to be done, reports)
  • Ensures participation at all levels
  • Prioritizes customer satisfaction through permanent and transparent cooperation and communication
  • Promotes openness to change
  • Allows for a better awareness of the issues by clients, as they better understand the management required to achieve the end result

Healthy project management is necessary

Project management provides a clear definition of the scope and functionalities to be developed, the schedule to be followed and the budget to be respected. If one of the three elements fluctuates along the way, then the other two variables will move proportionally. Rigorous project management ensures that these three components are respected on an ongoing basis. This responsibility will be assigned to the Logient Project Office specialists who will communicate proactively with you. In such a context, the development teams can devote all their energy and talent to the creation of functionalities.

The role and responsibilities of the Product Manager (PO) is important in a Structured Agility context.

  • Ceremonies specific to the agile culture: kick-off sessions, grooming, sprint planning, release planning, review of demonstration sprints and retrospective with parties involved.
  • Prioritization of user stories and backlog management
  • Quality of deliverables and quality assurance follow-up following user acceptance testing
  • Identification of changes to the project
  • We recommend that the Product Manager (PO) be a member of the client’s team because he or she is in the best position to master the overall business context and issues. Logient also offers training to learn how to perform this role, if required.