There are two kinds of people in the world – well no, there really aren’t just two kinds, but for the sake of this article, let’s say there are – those who dive into their projects head-first, and those who plan and strategize first. Any firm or businessman would confidently confirm that the latter is the more successful. Methods and processes may seem like tedious tasks in an organization, and might be easily overlooked, but without a defining strategy the system falls apart. At Promobi Technologies, we follow the adaptive method of agile software development that has proven to be increasingly successful over the years. This is how we amend agile development methods into our project planning.
Firstly, what is Agile Software Development?
Agile Software Development is comprised of self-organizing, cross-functional teams, and breaking up the entire project into smaller iterations. Iterations are short time frames, commonly ranging from 1 – 4 weeks, with cross functional teams working on all functions at once; i.e. planning, requirements, analysis, design, coding, unit testing and acceptance testing. The goal of Agile Software Development is to have a working product, or at least an available release with minimum bugs, at the end of each iteration. At the end of each iteration the stake holders (client) and customer representative review the progress and re-evaluate priorities of the project to optimize ROI and ensure alignment with the customer’s needs and the company’s goals.
12 Principles of Agile Software Development
- Customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of useful software.
- Welcome changing requirements, even late in development.
- Working software delivered frequently (weeks rather than months).
- Close, daily cooperation between business people and developers.
- Projects built around motivated individuals.
- Face to face conversations within development team.
- Working software is the primary measure of progress.
- Sustainable development and a constant pace indefinitely.
- Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design.
- Self-organizing teams.
- Regular adaptation to changing circumstances.
How it works
Agile Software Development has more of a product mindset rather than a project mindset. The product itself is seen more as a living organism that is always evolving. Let’s take an example of MobiLock Pro: MobiLock Pro has 12 features in total, so the iterations are broken into modules containing one feature each. Now planning, design, execution (coding), testing, release and post-sale evaluation will occur for each module. Rather than a full and final product design, more frequent and shorter releases will be done one feature at a time, at the end of which all aspects will be evaluated by the stakeholder and the customer representative.
Why Agile Software Development?
Agile Software Development is ideal for complex projects with dynamic and nonlinear characteristics. As its methods are overall adaptive (not predictive), it minimizes overall risk and allows the project to adapt to changes quickly. Since testing happens concurrently (or in the same iteration at least) as the development, it is easier to make changes and improvements through-out. Overall, Agile Software Development promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, continuous improvement and rapid and flexible response to change.
There are many different methods and practices of Agile Software Development, but we will discuss those that we follow in the next article.
Written by: Dipika Asnani, Digital Marketing & Content Writer at Promobi Technologies Pvt. Ltd. www.promobitech.com