Agile: Your Best Friend in Software Development

To be competitive in today’s fast-moving market, organizations need to drive innovation in every part of their business. As a result, more and more companies are embracing high technology methods which deliver customer service faster in both information technology and across key business units.

One of these methods is Agile. Agile is a particular approach assisting teams in responding to the unpredictability of constructing software. It uses incremental, iterative work sequences that are commonly known as sprints. It is believed that the more it is utilized, the more developers learned that its neatly woven concepts can be yielded into proven strategies.

Here is a video showing Agile method’s basic principles:

According to the Standish Group’s famous CHAOS Report of 2000, 25% of all projects still fail outright through eventual cancellation, with no useful software deployed. Sadly, this represents a big improvement over CHAOS reports from past years. With Agile, renowned consultant and author Craig Larman does a thorough job of debunking the traditional waterfall model once and for all.

Below is a diagram displaying the differences between agile and the traditional waterfall development processes. By delivering working, tested, deployable software on an incremental basis, agile development delivers better value, visibility, and adaptability much earlier in the life cycle, significantly reducing project risk.

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Agile is a powerful tool for software development, not only providing benefits to the development team, but also providing a number of important business benefits to the client. Agile helps project teams deal with many of the most common project pitfalls (such as cost, schedule predictability and scope creep) in a more controlled manner. By reorganizing and re-envisioning the activities involved in custom software development, Agile achieves those same objectives in a leaner and more business-focused way.

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