Agile Project Management & Agile History

Agile Project Management and Scrum are one of the fastest growing management methods today.  A set of principles designed for the development of software products are described within the Agile principles, the theory however applies to a wider catchment.  The Agile principles also work for the delivery of projects and other products and services. Furthermore it promotes flexibility as well as high performance through adaptive planning.  It also focus around evolutionary development, early delivery, and continuous improvement with a requirement for a self-organising cross-functional team.

59 Seconds Agile - Agile Project Management with Scrum

59 Seconds Agile – Agile Project Management with Scrum

Agile Project Management History

The term agile was first used in 2001 when the Agile Manifesto was written, following a meeting of 17 software developers in Utah.  They met to discuss development methods and following the end of their meeting they published the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.  Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka were responsible for introducing the term ‘scrum’ in the context of product development in 1986.  They described their approach to product development as a method that would increase speed and flexibility.


Firstly, Scrum is an Agile Software Development framework for managing Product Development in an iterative and incremental manner. Agile principles have evolved into many types of styles, such as Scrum, Lean and also Kaizen. Most methods break development work into small increments, which are typically between 1 and 4 weeks.  This reduces the amount of up-front planning and also up-front design. This also reduces overall risk and allows a product to adjust to changes quickly.  The main principle of the Scrum method is the flexibility for the customers to change their requirements during the development process.  The five values of a Scrum are:

* Commitment

* Courage

* Focus

* Openness

* Respect

There are three team roles within Scrum which are:

* Firstly the Product Owner

* Then the Scrum Master

* And finally the Development Team

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