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What is Agile software development?[Outsourcing benefits]

What is Agile software development?[Outsourcing benefits]

In the current era of technology, a new way of creating software has taken the software development and testing world by storm: Agile.

 

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Tip: Developers, Team Leaders, Project Managers, Product Managers, Development Managers, Testers, QA Managers, QA Engineers, Technical Writers, UX Designers, anyone involved in the delivering software can read this article.

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What is Agile?

Agile software development describes an approach to software development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organizing and cross-functional teams and their customers.

The most popular agile methodologies include Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, Crystal, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), Lean Development, and Feature-Driven Development (FDD).

It advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, and continual improvement, and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change.

 

 

Agile Manifesto:

There are four rules

  1. Individuals and Interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working Software over comprehensive documentation
  3. Customer Collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. Responding to Change over following a plan

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source: QuickScrum

 

Manifesto of Agile Software Development  principles:

1. Customer satisfaction and valuable software

                  The highest priority is to satisfy the customer through the early and continuous delivery of valuable software.

2. Dynamic in development

                  Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.

3. Working software is delivered frequently

                  Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.

4. Cooperation between business people and developers

                  Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.

5. Motivate the project developers

                 Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

6. F2F Communication

                 The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is the face-to-face conversation.

7. Progressive measure

                 Working software is the primary measure of progress.

8. Sustainable development

                 Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.

9. Attention to technical design

                 Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.

10. Simplicity

                 Simplicity the art of maximizing the amount of work not done[is essential].

11. Need of Self-organizing

The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.

12. Being effective

At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly.

 

Advantages:

 

  • Much has been compared over the years with Agile versus Waterfall approaches.
  • In the Waterfall era of software development, coders worked alone, with little to no input before handing the software to testers and then on to production.
  • Bugs, complications and feature changes either weren’t handled well or were dealing with so late in the process that projects were seriously delayed or even scrapped.
  • The idea the behind the Agile model, in which everyone including the business side stayed involved and informed in the development process, represented a profound change in both the culture and a company’s ability to get better software to market more quickly
  • Collaboration and communication became as important as technology, and because the Agile Manifesto is open to interpretation, it has been adapted and modified to fit organizations of all sizes and types.
  • The Agile cultural shift also paved the way for the latest software development evolution, DevOps.

 

Disadvantages:

The biggest disadvantage of this software is the fact it has been modified. Some would say diluted by many organizations. This phenomenon is so widespread that the “Agile my way” practitioners are known as “Scrum buts”.

 

 

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