Web development is about coding. But all those codes will go in vain if there’s no spine to connect & support the project. This is where the agile method of development comes into play. Agile is the fastest-growing method of web development widely used for DevOps, software, mobile apps & more. It has completely revolutionized the development process by boosting speed, expanding collaboration & responding to dynamic market needs. As per a report in 2020, almost 71% of global companies have adopted the agile method of development. And 60% of companies using this method have experienced tremendous growth.
In this blog post, we’re going to talk about the agile method of development & some of its popular frameworks.
What is the Agile Method of Development?
The agile method is an iterative way of working on software development projects, relying upon cross-functional & self-organizing teams. It helps companies in increasing their productivity by decreasing waste & increasing transparency. It parts away from the traditional development methods by valuing:
- Individuals & communications over tools & processes
- Efficient development over elaborate documentation
- Customer collaboration & satisfaction over contract negotiations
- Changes that respond to market needs over rigid workflows or guidelines
It is a promising method of development that has helped big & small companies in achieving efficiency by mapping a workflow yet introducing flexibility in the process.
How Agile Method Works?
Agile follows a very simple mechanism to organize work. Below are the components of the Agile method:
- Roadmaps: It defines the process of solution or software development. It is a comprehensive plan that determines when what initiative (project functionality) will be available. It is subject to changes to adapt to the current market needs and long-term plans.
- Requirements: These are the initiatives described in the roadmap. These initiatives further comprise epics & stories. Stories, also known as user stories, are short descriptions that report the perspective of users, and epics are collections of user stories that further combine to make initiatives. Agile requirements are easy to understand & lightweight, instead of the traditional 100-page documents. These facilitate clear communication & collaboration amongst the team to develop an understanding of the requirements. The details are fleshed in during the implementation process.
- Backlog: It contains all the work items that were not a part of the initial plan, i.e., any change, addition, or challenge. This includes bugs, new features, enhancements in existing features, architectural/technical tasks & so on. The client has the power to prioritize these tasks for the development team.
Over the years, users have adapted the agile method to their benefits, which leads to the development of different agile frameworks. Scrum & Kanban are two of the most popular frameworks for an agile method of development, powering giants like Lego & Cisco.
Also popularly known as the agile project management framework, scrum divides the development process into well-defined units called sprints. Upon the completion of each sprint, feedback is taken from the client, and any changes, additions or improvements go into the sprint backlog, of which the client determines the priority.
It uses visual representation, scrum board, where all users are informed about project development & changes in real-time. This framework gives power to the client by allowing them to prioritize the sprints and provide feedback at predetermined intervals.
It is a Japanese term for visual signals that allows real-time communication amongst all the stakeholders. It is based on complete transparency & continuous development. In this, all the team members are connected with a real-time Kanban board & can see stay in the loop with the project progress. It does not depend on regular ceremonies for feedback & improvement but makes that a part of the process.
Scrum & Kanban are the most widely used frameworks but are not the only players in the market. Multiple versions of agile development frameworks have been developed to suit unique needs, nonetheless, the agile manifesto continues to play a pivotal role.
The agile method has proven to be very successful, not only for software but in other industries, too. One of the greatest examples is its use in the development of a cure for genetic blindness. It will not be wrong to call it the future of every industry. It can be embraced by different businesses and drastically help in speeding & coordinating the efforts of team members involved in any project.
POPULAR TOOLS FOR AGILE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Tools are the most important element of Agile development methodology. They allow users to collaborate, create pipelines, share progress & more in a seamless & effective manner. Here are some of the most popular tools used by companies:
- JIRA Agile
- HP’s Agile Manager
- Active Collab
- Agile Bench & more
HIRE TECH9LOGY CREATORS FOR AGILE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
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