ERIK VAN HURCK, SENIOR PPM CONSULTANT
Last week we kicked off the Projectum webinar year with an introduction to the new Agile functionality in Microsoft Project.
If you missed the webinar don’t worry, we recorded it and you can watch in the end of this post.
In the session I shared the current version of Agile in the Microsoft Project client. This will surely be improved on by Microsoft in the (near) future. One question I got during the session was what version you need to have to get the Agile feature, this is Version 1710 (Build 8625.2121). You can find the build number by navigating to File à Account à About Project (Thanks Ricardo for asking the question).
As an addition to the webinar I would like to share one of the charming things with the Agile functionality in Microsoft Project: you are able to create waterfall projects with Agile components! Here’s the scenario you could use in your own environment:
You start your project by creating a simple (or complex) schedule with phases such as in the screenshot below.
Now, for most organizations Agile is interesting for the actual work that will be performed. Therefore, the Execution phase is the most interesting to start a SCRUM track with multiple sprints, starting from the third of April (3-4-18).
We’ll add a couple of sprints to the schedule, by clicking on the “Agile” button in the Project ribbon:
When we do this, all tasks will be “Agile”, we need to change this by adding the column called agile to the table and change all the values except the manually scheduled task (ID 11). Furthermore we would like to start the first sprint on the first Monday after the 3rd of April. Lastly we want to keep an eye out for the finish date of the last sprint, because we are going to use that as the finish date of the manually scheduled task that starts the Agile part of the schedule.
Why do we need to add this date to the finish date of the manual scheduled task? Because the current version of the Agile feature in MS Project doesn’t change the dates on tasks on the sprint board, but we do need a “finish date” to continue with our waterfall schedule after execution.
Let’s continue by adding a number of items in the Sprint planning board:
If we move back to the Gantt chart, all the tasks will be placed below ID 11.
We will indent the Sprint tasks underneath the “Agile execution” task. Make sure the manually scheduled dates are retained and let’s remove the dates on the sprint tasks (because they will not be correct anyway):
Finally we will add more Sprint tasks and manage them within the sprint boards. If there’s a complete list of sprint tasks, we can proceed with scheduling the closure of the project schedule. We might want to retain a skeleton crew/team on the “project” to continue after the closing phase with sprint activities. New sprint tasks will be created after the project closure date.
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