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Agile Software Development

What’s Agile and How does it work?

Agile is an iterative process where a project is broken into pieces referred to as “sprints” and every sprint is tackled in a discrete time period – generally 1 to 3 weeks.

The advantage to the customer (the project owner) is that after each sprint is completed, there’s a full review of the work that has been carried out to date. This allows the project owner to obtain a hands on have a look at the software mid-project. This is invaluable since it gives the customer a opportunity to really see early stages of the software in action and this constantly leads to valuable feedback and changes to scope.

Once the software review is done, all requirements are re-prioritized for the next sprint. As soon as the sprint has began, there isn’t any interaction with the developers until the end of the sprint at which point the review and re-prioritization happens once again, and again, until the project is total.

How does Agile support with the scope of software project?

The reality is that most buyers know most of what they want, however it is almost impossible to feel by way of each requirement for the “scope” of a software project beforehand. Using traditional approaches of software development, you would create a scope document and the software developers would go away and complete the project based on the document, handing the customer a completed project at the end. The result can be a less than 100% pleased customer due to the fact it’s impossible to believe it all by way of. The customer asked for X, but genuinely did not require 20% of what he asked for, but he in fact did will need yet another 20% that he did not know he required!

Utilizing Agile you get considerably closer to the “true scope” of your project.

Quicker to get Moving

An additional benefit of the Agile approach is which you do not should know each and every last detail of what you would like in order to get a quote and get going. A bullet point summary is all that’s necessary to size a project (provide you with a cost plus budget). Once you are inside the project, it is dynamic – in case you choose you need a feature, you may have to give up an additional, less vital feature, in order to complete the project on time and on budget.

Generally big mid-project requests are put on a backlog for v2 of the software. I highly suggest the Agile approach to software development.

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