Agile for museums and cultural organisations

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What is Agile? And when is it the right choice?

Agile focuses on satisfying users' needs by delivering working software early and frequently in the development process. This contrasts with other ways of managing digital development projects that focus on specifying all requirements 'up-front' and delivering a finished product much later in the process.

At Cogapp, we have a history of delivering large-scale and often complex projects with requirements that can be subject to change. We have moved from a traditional 'waterfall' approach to managing projects to using Agile methodologies, with much success.

Whether you are new to Agile, or have more specific questions about whether Agile is right for you or how to apply it, we hope that the resources on this page will be useful. We would love to know what you think of them, and if there are any further issues that you would like us to cover:

Contact us at agile@cogapp.com, or get in touch via Twitter: @cogapp.

Resources

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development values:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan.

What is Agile?

This blog post from Cogapp's Head of Technical Production, Andy Cummins, gives an overview of what Agile is, without using any Agile-related jargon.

Is this the most powerful Agile burndown chart you'll ever see? Open sourced by Cogapp

Cogapp has developed its own Agile Burndown Chart, which is now Open Sourced and available for you to use. We designed the chart to give us more detailed information than the other charts we could find, and we'd love to know if you find it useful.

How to Rock (& Roll) your Agile website development

Senior developer Ben Kyriakou talks about his experiences acting as ScrumMaster and Technical Lead for the redevelopment of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website.

Agile and museums and cultural organisations

Agile is a hot topic for museums and cultural institutions at the moment. Widely discussed at Museums and the Web Chicago 2015, it became clear that organisations have varying levels of understanding of what Agile is, why it might be useful for cultural organisations, and how to implement it successfully.

On 20 April 2015, we shared our knowledge at MuseumNext Geneva in an Agile workshop and an Agile Lunch Club. More here: Agile for beginners and thrill seekers on SlideShare.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about Agile, please contact us. We can share our experiences of delivering complex digital projects in an Agile way - with clients like Southbank Centre - and help you to understand the benefits and changes that you might need to make if you want to start working in an Agile way. 

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