Agile for Software Development: An Iterative Approach

Enterprises must constantly adapt to meet the ever-changing, fast-paced needs of customers, changing technology, and shifting company strategy. The organizations that are experiencing the greatest success in adapting have adopted an Agile software development methodology. Agile was born out of frustration with the strict and lengthy phases of conventional Waterfall development. It evolved out of a variety of software philosophies to demonstrate alternatives to Waterfall. In early 2001, a group of software development practitioners discussed their shared ideas and various approaches to software development. This culminated in the introduction of Manifesto for Agile Software Development and the corresponding twelve principles. [ii]

Agile software development methodology is an approach that follows an incremental, iterative path. Unlike the Waterfall methodology, where extensive planning and design occurs up front, Agile methodology allows for changing requirements over time. A cross-functional team made up of designers, developers, testers and more focus on development of the product over a fixed period of time. This defined period of time is established by the team and usually lasts 2 - 4 weeks.

At the end of each iteration, the goal is to present a product to the business owners. The software is delivered incrementally over time instead of delivering one final product at the end. Each phase is a key part of a continuous process vs. a fixed step by step approach. With the Agile methodology, the focus is on consistent communication and short feedback loops. So, if a team is heading in the wrong direction, the feedback they receive will let them know right away vs. waiting until a lengthy development cycle is completed.

Agile provides the following perceived benefits:

      1.  Faster Feedback Cycles
      2.  Identifies problems early
      3.  Higher potential for customer satisfaction
      4.  Time to market is dramatically improved
      5.  Better visibility / accountability
      6.  Dedicated teams drive better productivity over time
      7.  Flexible Prioritization focused on value delivery

Whether you follow a specific Agile software development methodology, such as Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), Kanban, Scrum, or Lean software development, or your organization has the basic goal of simply adapting to change to deliver working software as quickly as possible, AgileCraft can support your transformation. From product conception to iteration to production, we have you covered--as our name says, AgileCraft is, well, built for Agile!

To learn more read our blog on Agile vs. Waterfall - It's Debate Season Again, download some of our resources, listen to our latest installement of Scaled Agile in Roughly a Minute or click the Get Started button below to schedule a product demo.

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