Companies globally are using agile development techniques. As faster software development, user-oriented applications, and iterative ideas increasingly become a global norm, requirements and solutions are evolving through collaboration with self-organizing, cross-functional teams.
This promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, a time-boxed iterative approach that can lead to rapid and flexible response to change. Around since 2001, the Agile Software Manifesto lays down a set of norms that leads to constructive development.
Some principles underlining the software development methodology are: customer satisfaction, creative change in environments, delivering working software, sustainable development, simplicity, self-organizing teams, and adaptation to changing circumstances.
Collaboration, flexibility, and continuously altering requirements are part and parcel of the development lifecycle, as requirements change, and the project is under way on the basis of continuous customer feedback.
These methods also focus on increasing quality through techniques including unit testing, code reviews, and various related ideas such as implementation of well-defined practices; maintainability, integrity, usability, and correctness to provide suitable insight.
Software development including methods such as XP, DSDM, and Scrum are specifically designed to efficiently cope with change.
One of the key principles of software development is to consider the lifecycle as a game with moves. The customer usually lists requirements as a list (to a high level) and then prioritizes them.
Software testing tools can be critical in big development environments. Agile is a relatively new discipline and encourages vendors to develop new tools that recognize process changes and address the shift from isolated ideas to coordinated suites that share information.
Potential drawbacks include higher costs, frequent User Acceptance Testing (UAT), intense association to sign off each feature as done, and a lethal combination of unpredictability. Business engagement or customer satisfaction can potentially be higher, provided all goals are met.
Small incremental releases are available to the project owner, and then make it easier to creatively respond to change. Despite long plans, and change management committees, a team can facilitate development.
The key to successful projects is holistic emphasis. Some environments may not be geared for usability, the developer’s skills may be awry, or the overall setup may not be optimized. The development approach favors the notion of early and regular releases, and perpetually being in beta.
Some of the much touted benefits of IT are associated with Agile, including organizational learning, incremental deployments etc. But maintaining a healthy degree of skepticism for any development methodology is mandatory.
With business developments consistently evolving, evangelize ideas, and creatively factor in user-centred design processes to communicate relevant thinking through the development team. Prioritize user constituencies, identify business stakeholder concerns, and incorporate all newer iterative product features.