Never have markets and categories changed as fast or been disrupted as readily as they are today. For brands, this means the ability to act fast and implement changes in-line with changing consumer expectations.
When you’re managing large-scale digital transformation or complex software development projects, this means time and budget are often the most stringent constraints – with quality and outstanding user experience being an expectation.
Revium’s team of Digital Producers and Business Analysts are accredited practitioners in both Agile and Waterfall Project Management methodologies, offering clients the flexibility to work with their preferred approach and complement internal resourcing. Where necessary, we also adopt a ‘Wagile’ approach, a variation of the Waterfall method.
Which Methodology is Best for My Project?
Revium solves complex business problems for our clients in the most effective manner possible. Our team can assist with methodology selection, dependent on which method best suits your project.
Agile is the iterative or incremental improvement to product or service delivery in short bursts. This gives the project the flexibility to pivot and change direction as needed.
Functionality is delivered incrementally through short implementation cycles, with priorities being guided by customer experience research into your end-user’s preferences and behaviours. All tasks are time-boxed into sprint cycles, with the project scope remaining loose, and an iterative approach taken to feature documentation (specifying only the features to be developed in immediate sprints).
Agile management for complex solutions requires commitment from the customer’s whole organisation to internally resource and adhere to the tenants and practices of the methodology in close collaboration with Revium. Sometimes, this is best handled through co-location, where teams can easily and frequently communicate, apply quick decision-making, and consider more fluid allocation of budget.
Waterfall projects are delivered in sequential phases (e.g. design, specification, build, test), and this methodology is best employed where the project scope can be defined up-front, and time and budget are both known, or limited, quantities.
Waterfall is today seen as the traditional approach to project management and is perhaps best described as a ‘non-iterative’ methodology. This project management approach requires less client involvement than Agile, and suits organisations where internal resource allocation must be planned in advance (e.g. design sign-off, specification approval, user acceptance testing).
When delivering Waterfall projects, cost is closely controlled through in-depth requirements gathering at the start of the project, while change management and risks are mitigated when they are identified throughout the project lifecycle.
This mix allows for delivery of known project requirements to tighter time and budget constraints compared with Agile.
Wagile is a combination of Waterfall and Agile methodologies, which combines the best features of both to deliver projects. Rather than silo a project into one method or the other, utilising a combination at different times or for different phases of a project may yield better results.
Projects are broken down into smaller ‘chunks’ or deliverables, while working to the traditional Waterfall process and tools. This approach gives clients certainty around budget, reduces implementation time and doesn’t compromise on quality.
Revium’s experience with managing large, complex development projects means we can consult with you to select a project management method that best suits your business requirements.
To speak to use about project management methodologies, get in touch with the team today.