Agile | Nanomate

Agile: The Formula for Successful Project Management


At Nanomate we have implemented the Agile methodology throughout our product and service development process. Working with our partner NeuronForest, we have found the methodology that suits our needs, tailored to our business context, and that allows us to improve efficiency and productivity in delivering value to our customers.



What is Agile?

First introduced in 2001 as an alternative to traditional project management, the Agile methodology is a set of values and principles that enable us to adopt a different working culture. It is characterised by iterative and incremental work sequences, a focus on delivering value to the customer, the promotion of collaboration and teamwork, and the ability to adapt quickly to change.

To implement it in our company, we have created interdisciplinary and self-organised teams, set clear and achievable goals, planned sprints or short work cycles and constantly reviewed the obtained results.


How does it benefit our day-to-day workflow?

Agile methodology allows us to adapt quickly to change, improve our communication and reduce errors. All of this gives us a competitive advantage over other companies in the industry that may not be using agile practices. We have also been able to reduce time to market, improve product quality and increase customer satisfaction. It may sound like magic, but it is just common sense in a company that has to deal with a lot of uncertainty in its product and service development.


Jira and Confluence, two great allies

Jira and Confluence are two of the most popular software tools developed by Atlassian. Jira is a project management tool that allows users to create and track tasks, manage sprints and visualise project progress in real time. Confluence, on the other hand, is a knowledge management tool that allows users to create and collaborate on documents, manuals, guides, and other key resources for the work team. Both tools integrate seamlessly with Agile and are widely used by software development teams and other businesses.

We use Jira as a task management tool. This has allowed us to get an overview of the project and the pending tasks, assign tasks to team members, track progress and measure the performance of each team member. Jira is a very complete tool that perfectly fits our project management needs and the agile methodology we use.

On the other hand, we use Confluence for knowledge management as it allows us to create, share and collaborate to produce documentation, user manuals, style guides and other useful resources for the work team. Confluence has allowed us to store all project information in one place and to keep track of updates and changes.


The challenge of implementing Scrum

The implementation of the Scrum framework in a team is a process that requires time, dedication, and good planning. What are the steps to be taken? This is what we are doing:

      1. Creating the Scrum Team: this team consists of the Product Owner, the Scrum Master, and the development team. The Product Owner is responsible for defining the project requirements and for prioritising the work to be done. The Scrum Master’ role is to ensure that Scrum practices and processes are followed and to remove any impediment that prevents the team from making progress on the tasks they are working on. Developers are the ones who create the product.
      2. Defining the Product Backlog: the Product Owner must define the Product Backlog. This is a list of ranked functionalities to be developed. The Product Backlog is constantly being updated as new functionalities are discovered or priorities change.
      3. Sprint Planning: once the Product Backlog is created, the Scrum Team must plan the Sprint. This work cycle is shorter than 30 days and is used to develop part of the Product Backlog. When planning the Sprint, the development team selects the tasks to be performed during this work cycle and decides how to conduct them.
      4. Sprint Execution: during the Sprint, the development team performs the tasks that have been defined and attends daily Scrum Meetings in order to review progress and plan next day’s tasks. The Scrum Master is responsible for removing any impediment that prevents the team from making progress on the tasks they are working on.
      5. Sprint Review: at the end of the Sprint, the development team presents the work to the Product Owner in a Sprint Review Meeting. In this meeting the team receives feedback from the Product Owner and the Product Backlog is updated.
      6. Sprint Retrospective: after the Sprint Review Meeting, the Scrum Team meets for a Sprint Retrospective so as to examine what went well and what can be improved in the next work cycle.
      7. Repeating the cycle: once the Sprint has been completed, the cycle is repeated, starting with the planning of the next Sprint.

It is important to remember that implementing Scrum is an iterative process that requires good communication and cooperation between the members of the Scrum Team. It is also key that the team has a clear understanding of the Scrum Teams, practices, and processes in order to be able to implement them correctly.

To sum up, by combining Agile, tools and technology, we have been able to improve our efficiency, productivity, and ability to adapt to change, thus gaining a competitive advantage in the market.

Metodología Agile | Nanomate