How do you eat an Elephant?

This week we are embarking on another large development project at BrightGauge.  Being my 3rd or 4th large project in this business, I couldn’t be more excited to channel all of my lessons learned to make this one the most rocking success.  The biggest change we’ve made with our new Miami team (outside of the team itself) is that we’re breaking the project down into the smallest bite size chunks possible and having milestone reviews every 2 weeks.

In the software development world this is most closely referred to as “Agile Development”.  In an Agile development process, the development team has extremely small projects (User Stories) scheduled over a week, or a two week, period (called sprints) that are started, tested, and completed in their entirety during that time.  At the end of the two weeks, the team reviews everything that was accomplished and sets up the next sprint.  The goal is that at the end of a few months the team should have the much bigger project completed (and very well tested)!

Though agile development is an easy process to conceptualize it can be sometimes difficult to implement in a small team environment.  In small teams, we all suffer from being pulled in different directions, dealing with high stress projects, tight timelines, and lack of leadership to stay on plan while dealing with these outside forces.  We’ve been guilty of this in the past at BrightGauge.

After making our resource changes last year though, we have turned our attention on our processes.  We’ve studied and tried the Agile Methodology and have become big believers.  And with Agile it all starts with breaking down complex projects (or problems) into bite size chunks.  This goes with my title, how do you eat an elephant…. “One bite at a time”.

People have asked and so we’ll talk more about our new processes at BrightGauge this quarter.  We’ve implemented (and are implementing) some really interesting ways to keep our entire team engaged, delivering at a high velocity, and staying “agile” enough to change for the right priorities.  Any more feedback is welcome!