At the heart of RDT are eight delivery teams who innovate, develop and support our products. It is important to create the right environment for them to do this. At RDT we use a style of working called Agile to achieve this.
Agile is an umbrella term for a number of lightweight delivery methods that were put together in 2001 by a group of leading business thinkers. They created the Agile Manifesto and 12 supporting principles, which together represent the ethos we want to create in our teams.
At RDT we use the Agile practice of “scrum” for the basis of our project management framework.
This means that our teams work in two-week “sprints” to deliver high-quality software to our clients. At the beginning of each sprint we refine the requirements before planning out what needs to be done. We work together in a highly collaborative way, so it can get a little noisy!
Once the sprint is finished we sit down with our clients to review what we have achieved and to discuss if further changes are required. Our teams are continually striving for improvement and come together regularly to discuss what processes or practices can be improved. We then start the two-week sprint cycle again.
To support the sprint cycles we have a number of key players who each have a part to play. We will introduce you to some of these people in future articles.
This 30-second video gives a visual representation of the sprint cycle: https://www.scrumalliance.org/why-scrum