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Agile Development with Scrum - A Call for Agility in the Age of Constant Change
Confronted with the extraordinary challenges in today's business environment, organizations find that change is the only constant. It is vital that organizations quickly adjust to it in order to survive. This growing need for faster and more adaptive solutions to problems is increasingly leading companies to adopt the Agile Methodologies.
Agile processes are highly focused on responding to change through collaboration, a focus on quality and finding working solutions, while providing tangible value and broadening skill sets.The flexibility offered by Agile is ideal for Software development companies like Portland Webworks, permitting us to react to fluid environments and client demands as well as providing regular feedback throughout the development lifecycle. Through our work we’ve become firm believers in the value of an Agile approach to software development, and the significant influence that it has on a project’s success. In fact, we’re not the only ones who feel this way, since according to the 2011 CHAOS report from the Standish Group, Agile projects are being reported as three times more successful than non-Agile projects.
Since the publication of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, it's unquestionably clear that Agile is turning into a mainstream methodology, and that it is winning the race when it comes to completing complex projects. Google, IBM, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, and Facebook, to name a few, use Agile development for many of their projects. Even the enterprise resource planning giant SAP implements Agile practices. While you probably don't really need to be Agile in an environment in which there are no surprises, and every project is like the last one we know that’s just not the case for many projects today.
Miljan Bajic is an experienced project manager and agile practitioner with over a decade of project management experience in the information technology field. Miljan strongly believes in servant leadership, and he models the encouragement, trust, and respect that are vital to building high-performance teams. Miljan received his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and Communication from the Bryant University and has an MBA in Project Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Miljan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). Miljan is a member of the Maine Agile User Group and is also an active member of the Scrum Alliance, and Agile Alliance.
Miljan is currently employed by Portland Webworks, Inc. where he has acted as the primary Project Manager of Portland Webworks’ relationship with some the company’s largest clients, with particular experience in public-sector clients, including the Maine Office of Tourism, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.