Agile Project Walls and Wall of Work Agile Method
What is agile? It is a project management methodology aimed at rapid development with iterative feedback and communication. For agile teams, the concept is ingrained in their day-to-day activities, and they use the approach of agile project walls to improve their responses to changing needs and demands. These quick iterations then offer a more usable and practical output in the end.
The lower level of formality and structure made it easier for teams to embrace card walls to track and monitor progress. Agile teams liked the fact that it could be managed with very little effort, and stakeholders liked the fact they could understand what was happening without any specialist training around Agile. In fact, for some organizations, Kanban is the only Agile method they use – not just for communicating progress, but for managing all of the work.
However, what if you are not an agile project wall team? What if you are in HR, Marketing, Legal, or another department? Are these groups exposed to the benefits that the wall of work agile project provides?
These Walls Are Easy to Build
Card walls, or walls of work, have become popular recently because they are so straightforward. They can be produced with nothing more complicated than sticky notes on a whiteboard. Yet they immediately convey a lot of information about the project. It’s common to put these card walls outside the team’s work area so anyone stopping by can immediately see what’s going on. And because they are so easy to understand there is no need for them to be analyzed or studied. A sponsor passing by on their way to a meeting can immediately see what’s happening. That makes agile project walls one of the most powerful communication and work management tools available.
Imagine if communications and content creation could go through an agile project wall versus a series of emails and sticky notes. Consider the benefits when it comes to executing critical projects including performance review cycles, events, and campaigns. Process enhancement techniques can also be applied to eliminate redundancies and help teams work more cohesively while making better use of their time.
If you are in IT or the PMO, consider a lunch & learn session to help other groups understand how they can be leveraging an Agile project wall for basic project planning. Agile project walls and project delivery methods have grown in popularity. They started life almost 20 years ago in software development but these walls of work are now widespread in many different departments.
Starting with an Agile Project Wall
That simplicity, the defining characteristic of card walls is also why a wall of work presents a no-risk approach for your organization. You don’t need to invest time and money prototyping a solution, you simply need to ask a team to develop a basic agile project wall for their project – a task that will take the team less than an hour, probably a lot less. And then you simply maintain it for a week or so and see what the reaction of different stakeholders are. It’s almost guaranteed that their reaction will be immediately positive. No one will tell you it’s a waste of time or that it doesn’t explain what’s going on.
If you aren’t using agile project walls today then you may want to consider how you can incorporate this powerful wall of work into your projects. They are, in fact, so straightforward that you can be using them tomorrow – literally. If you are a PMO guru and you are at your wits end with attempts to get your enterprise on board with project management – this is an excellent foray. It is manageable and regardless of role, the concepts are easy to understand and embrace.
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