AGILE-DOES IT WORK FOR YOU?
By Lisa G
What is Agile?
Agile technique or agile software development is a collection of software development models based on frequentative development, where specifications and resolutions evolve by the collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams. Most of the agile techniques used to minimize the risks of software development in a short timeframe, which is also known as iterations. In most cases, it lasts one to four weeks. All iterations are like the little software project of its own and include all the tasks required to release the increment of new functionality. Agile works based on steps like planning, specifications analysis, diagram preparing, coding, testing, and release. An agile software project aims to be competent of releasing new software at the end of every iteration. Moreover, at the end of every redundancy, the team re-evaluates project priorities.
The Agile Methodologies are standards used in a system development platform. It has been developing since the mid-1990s as a part of the reaction toward the standard waterfall techniques. The Agile development Methodologies were beginning emerged from the use of the waterfall techniques and were witnessed as the bureaucratic, hardened, sluggish, and incompatible with the ways that software developers perform the productive work. It marks a return to construction practice from ahead in the chronicle of software development. There are numerous ways in determining Agile Methodologies as followed:
· Agile is a development technique that is people-focused and communications-based, flexible and speedy, lean and responsive and the way of learning.
· These methods are an acknowledgment to the extreme degree of innovation in the current marketing and IT conditions. These highly dynamic conditions demand the software development teams that can count to changes and continually produce business value.
· Satisfy customer through first and continuous increments.
· Agile team and client must have face-to-face meetings.
· Customer and agile teams must work jointly daily throughout the project.
· Welcome elements even in late phases of the system development.
· The swiftness of the scheme must be measured after delivery of each increment.
· Adjust and tune according to the situation.
· The agile project needs consistent work until completion.
· Whole development process must follow the keep it simple principle.
Projects and development teams which are most suited for Agile:
The most suitable projects for agile are ones with encroaching deadlines, a high order of complexity, and a high level of modernity to them. A software development team wants to use agile techniques when they are producing something that is unique, or at least distinct to the team developing it. If it is something the team has been doing over and over again, then they apparently do not need the agile development technique.
It is where some of the manufacturing similarities come along the way of the development process. If some of the teams are producing the same car day after day, they learn pretty quickly all the distinctions of making that car from other vehicles. They do not need an agile program because the novelty of the circumstances is low. Novelty alone never means a team should use an agile process.
As an example, if you go to your favorite Chinese eatery for lunch and order an appetizer. Moreover, it is something that the workers are preparing for the first time, so it is a novel or a different order. The cook prepares it beautifully though, and because you can look into the kitchen, you are sure they do not need a daily standup or even TDD to make your lunch. You may notice a Kanban back there, however. Smile so, in extension to novelty, the cooking scheme needs a certain quantity of complexity. One final element is required in cooking the launch appropriately for agile methods is seriousness.
If there's no seriousness to a scheme, those are useless. So let's see how these three factors--seriousness, complexity, and novelty -associate on different plans, beginning with sessions with software schemes. Software projects are spectacularly complex. Each software project is mainly a new attempt. Moreover, in today's world, there is almost always a sense of seriousness.
However, let's look at one other example where we ordinarily hear about Scrum being applied: as getting married. At least several times in a year you may hear about couples who intended their wedding using Scrum. There is always a backlog of marriage, like-buying the cake, picking the cameraman, sending invitations to friends and family, choose the appropriate clothes, etc. How does organizing a wedding do against the three factors we already discussed? Moreover, what about the judgment of seriousness? Check. There's always a deadline, and it is usually pretty fixed. What about the complexity? Well, it is not like a software development scheme, but it does have its complexities usually flattered by non-functional specifications such as the budget, which meets next to whom, the type of meals to be served, the need to let a band perform at the reception, etc. Moreover, what about the novelty? Most people do not get enough times with a big celebration that representing the event becomes worn.
So, the agile technique is the most suitable for any important project with significant complexity and novelty, and that includes software developments and the weddings. It may raise the question, whether a couple's first kiss at the end of the celebration is a product backlog or part of the done criteria for the overall product.
Lisa G is founder of You Are Tech and enjoys evangelizing the greatness of tech through mentorship. She is the curator of cool things of media & tech.