The delivery phase is the phase in the project life cycle in which the changes executed are presented to the audience and more importantly, to the client. Just like handing off a project to the client, delivering a project also requires thorough planning and communication. Delivery must be checked and reviewed to ensure that it will be on time. Along with that, the project manager must evaluate time and risks properly, as mentioned in my previous blog.
Cervone (2011) emphasized the advantage of using agile in project management: its simplicity. In agile, features can be developed and tested in the cycles. If a team is implementing agile correctly, the process of product delivery should get simpler. Procter et al., (2011) added that the team’s frequent interaction play an important role in delivering value quickly to client (p. 222). Evidently, agile is a methodology that requires detailed communication and participation. If each team member follows their assigned task, it results to better productivity. With higher productivity, meeting the deadlines is guaranteed. It is better to meet the deadlines than wait last minute to finish everything. However, if the project is not completed as you desired it to be, do not worry because you can use the deliverable from the previous sprint.
The key to a good delivery is preparation. One must first identify who their audience is. For my team, our target audience are not just students who we want to utilize the College of Science website. Our audience includes potential employers who might be interested in hiring a person who had experience with agile or other software methodology. If you recall in my post about hard skills and soft skills, I mentioned that soft skills are as important as hard skills. Having a previous experience with agile means that one knows how to plan, work with a team, and document data. Once the team presents the project, they should be able to easily answer any question that comes up. But even if you know everything there is to know about the project, it is a good reminder to have a short elevator pitch for yourself. Delivery is not only dependent on the final project but also on the team member’s presentation of themselves. In fact, delivery of the project is not about the project but about the team who put all their effort to produce useful outcome. Remember to remain positive and just be authentic.
Cervone, H. (2011). Understanding agile project management methods using Scrum. OCLC Systems & Services, 27(1), 18-22.
Procter, R., Rouncefield, M., Poschen, M., Lin, Y., & Voss, A. (2011). Agile project management: A case study of a virtual research environment development project. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 20(3), 197-225.