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Let us look in a little more detail at the Toolkit Lifecycle. Now, if you feel you have seen Lifecycles before in other methodologies, this one will be different. But, by now, you are expecting things to be different in this Toolkit.

The worldwide project management industry is full of methods and lifecycles so why do we need another one? Well it is a bit presumptuous of anyone to say we need another, it is just well known that projects deliver more successfully with an end to end framework. That is all.

The demand for an agile framework comes from the deployment of agile methods and the way these have auto-embedded themselves inside organisations. The growth and adoption of agile methods has been phenomenal in the past few years and this has assisted lots of organisations who have benefited from the techniques and methods they offer. Lots of projects that would have failed to deliver business driven benefits with traditional methods have succeeded and have gone on to deliver benefits which maintain and improve their organisations. Again, this is a good thing of course.

However, what we are seeking to achieve in delivering and deploying the Toolkit is a pragmatic repeatable agile project delivery framework to empower collaborative teams to evolve and deliver appropriate agreed solutions to specific priority business change requests with minimal ceremony, in the optimal time without exceeding budgeted cost.

It is a framework we have used on a number of projects for a number of years and has refined our capability to deliver the agile solutions our customers need without exceeding budget. A series of projects we have delivered have used DSDM, Lean and other flavours of various agile hypotheses but the most prevalent flavour of agile methods our customers are knowledgeable about, aware of and select first almost universally above all others is SCRUM.

SCRUM is a massively important and very widely used approach to software development and it is more than likely, if you are reading this, you are aware of SCRUM and its over arching governance model called the SCRUM Framework. This Framework is a container for the Daily Scrum during the Sprint of 1-4 weeks and shows the whole process being fed by the Sprint Backlog and Sprint Goal (work to be done and the work objectives). You will see the wider up front process fed by the Product backlog and the Project Vision. Finally, it shows the project output including potentially shippable software and what it calls an Impediment backlog.

This is primarily a simple unpretentious wrapper for SCRUM which is great news especially if you have grown up with the deep heavy methodologies of the past, as we have! However, it over simplifies what often needs to be a comprehensive process to deliver projects from end to end. This is very much the case especially in large diverse budget conscious organisations.

A framework to wrap agile project processes, though, has to be far-reaching and thorough without being arduous or counterproductive or a hindrance or interruption. We have not sought to replace the framework but to extend SCRUM and the other frameworks with some additional important, but in our own way: pragmatic, responsibilities of project delivery such as a change process, project funding, release management and true benefits realisation.

We hope you will see a pragmatic approach applied with a light touch that seeks to maintain the true vigour of the base agile process with some welcome and important rigour.


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