To build upon our continuous improvement mindset and further evolve our agile project management process, Baron Environmental participated in the November 7, 2016 Lean Coffee session, which was coordinated through the Agile NJ Meetup group held in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Agile NJ is a local, open group of individuals that are passionate about agile project management, agile coaching, Scrum, Kanban, and other agile methodologies.
So you may ask, what is agile? Agile is one of the big buzzwords today within the IT and software development industry, which put simply is a different way of managing teams and projects. Unlike prescriptive, top-down project management systems that require meticulous and extensive planning, yet often fall behind schedule, go far over budget, and sometimes never result in a product that the end user wanted, agile project management techniques involve adaptive, self-correcting systems which encourage rapid and flexible response to change, early delivery, and continuous improvement.
There are various methodologies that promote common values and are consistent with common principles, collectively known as agile. The most popular of the agile methodologies are: Scrum, Kanban, XP, and DSDM.
Here at Baron, we have taken the methodology of Scrum and integrated it directly into the core infrastructure of our business. We live and thrive with our modified Scrum process and set an entirely new standard for environmental, health & safety consulting firms. According to Jeff Sutherland’s book, Scrum - The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, the Scrum process is based on a simple concept: when working on a project, why not regularly check-in, assess if what you are doing is heading in the right direction, and determine if it is actually what people want. Simultaneously, those involved in the project should assess if there are any ways to improve what you’re doing, ways to do it easier, better, or faster, and what roadblocks might be keeping you from doing that. For additional details on Baron’s specific Scrum process, click on this previous Blog article.
Next you may ask, what is Lean Coffee? Lean Coffee is a structured but age