Organizations in various industries need software solutions to improve productivity and winning strategies for a competitive advantage. You can achieve a winning experience but you will need to choose the right methodology.
Agile is the most popular software development methodology. It is available in different frameworks or models such as SCRUM, Kanban, XP, or a hybrid of both Agile and Waterfall. Most developers will agree this methodology can solve complex and unique business problems.
What is Agile Methodology?
The methodology was born when the “Manifesto for Agile Software Development” publication that was drafted in 2001 by 17 technologists. They aimed to reduce overreliance on processes and tools, documentation, rigid management practices, contract negotiation, and the following plans. Its mechanism is based on three elements:
- Shared values
- 12 principles
- Agile development practices
There are four important aspects of Agile methodology in custom software development Denver companies’ value most. These are individuals and interactions, customer collaboration, working software, and response to change.
Agile does not completely get rid of documentation; the process makes use of only the necessary documents. Besides the vision and mission statement, you will need documents such as interview and definition notes, project estimation, milestones plan, and a list of use cases.
The Agile Custom Software Development Process
In addressing software development tasks using an agile framework, most teams use agile development practices such as pair programming, automation, test-driven development, and adoption to technical standards. When dealing with one project, the development team breaks the problem into actionable tasks called ‘user stories’, which have a clear value, and can be developed and tested individually.
Agile methodology for software development requires that the project owner defines the users (target audience), vision statement, opportunities, and values to be addressed. This documentation is considered as “stories” and later assigned to the respective developers in the team. As the project team breaks down the problem, it makes it easy for them to understand the task.
In agile SCRUM methodology, a software development team works in sprints. The tasks on each sprint are always the same. Everyone on the team has his or her specific tasks and they are all required to work together to deliver the required product at the right time. In Agile Kanban methodology, the team works on staged development processes.
Using the two agile methodologies, the development team starts by developing the first version of the software, also known as the minimum viable product (MVP). Here, the development team implements what they have committed to deliver the desired results based on feedback from project managers, stakeholders, and their insights.
Agile is designed to be used by a multidisciplinary development team. It defines the processes and collaboration between the team members, people with different skills, to get the job done. Besides software developers, the team may include professionals such as project managers, designers, analysts, and quality assurance (QA) engineers, database engineers, back-end systems experts, and testers.
A good communication system is required in this methodology to determine the project status and discuss strategies that can improve the process. They rely on the feedback they get from each other during the retrospective meetings. By leveraging feedback, the team can develop applications with the user experience in mind.
Why Should You Use an Agile Methodology?
The use of Agile methodology in custom software development works well with the ever-changing market and client demands. Most developers like to use Agile frameworks due to their flexibility, reliability, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness. These processes are transparent due to the use of iteration boards and reports during the development process.
Agile methodology borrows the principle of continuous improvement to develop and deliver quality software. The best thing about it is that it captures all the interests of the stakeholders from the product owner to the user, something that you can’t find in traditional methodologies.
Another advantage of the Agile methodology is that it is easy to determine the status of the custom software development process. Through a Kanban board, you can easily determine the team members that are stuck, bored, overworked and have completed their tasks. Working as a team motivates the members to take responsibility for their roles to meet the deadline.
Custom software development using Agile methodology does not have to be perfect. Provided that you can release software on time and within budget, without compromising quality, then any Agile framework can work in satisfying the user. This approach favors teamwork and rarely does it apply fully to individual developers.
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