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What is Agile in Product Management?

Agile methodology is a Product Development approach and philosophy that emphasizes customer value and continuous improvement. As a Product Manager, Agile can help you build better products, faster!

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What is Agile in Product Management?

Agile is a Product Development methodology with a focus on flexibility, learning, and delivering customer value. As an iterative approach to software development, Agile methodology breaks down complex projects into smaller, more manageable parts. Instead of developing a product in one long phase, Agile empowers Product Teams to work on smaller pieces of functionality in shorter cycles called sprints.

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Why Agile exists in Product Management?

Launched to the world in 2001 by the legendary Agile Manifesto, Agile was born out of the need for a better way to develop software. Traditional product development approaches, such as Waterfall, were often too slow and rigid to keep up with the pace of technological innovation. Agile methodology offers a more adaptive approach that enables product teams to quickly respond to changing customer needs and market demands.

How to apply Agile in Product Management?

The Agile Manifesto lays out 12 principles that guide the Product Development Process, enabling teams to collaborate and work together efficiently:

  1. Customer satisfaction through early and continuous software delivery

  2. Embrace changing requirements, even in late development stages

  3. Deliver working software frequently, with a preference for shorter timescales

  4. Collaborate between business stakeholders and developers throughout the project

  5. Build projects around motivated individuals and give them the support they need

  6. Use face-to-face communication to convey information between team members

  7. Working software is the primary measure of progress

  8. Sustainable development, where developers can maintain a constant pace indefinitely

  9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility

  10. Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential

  11. Self-organizing teams encourage great architectures, requirements, and designs

  12. Regularly reflect on how to become more effective and adjust accordingly

One of the most important values of Agile is continuous improvement. Continuously testing and iterating on small pieces of functionality can enable Product Teams to identify and fix issues early. Agile also emphasizes cross-functional collaboration, with teams working closely together to deliver customer value.

When to consider Agile in Product Management?

Agile methodology can be applied to a wide range of Product Development projects and phases. It is particularly well-suited for complex projects with evolving requirements, as well as projects with high levels of uncertainty or risk. Agile is also a good fit for Product Teams that value flexibility, customer feedback, and continuous improvement.

Agile Product Management in action

Adopting an Agile approach helped us release new features faster and more frequently while staying aligned with our customers’ evolving needs.

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