What is an Agile Application Development?

With numerous application methodologies being implemented, what makes an Agile framework stand out the most?

The difference!

An Agile framework allows teams to respond to changing requirements and customers unpredictability through incremental and iterative project sprints.

History

In 2001 the term Agile was created to describe the flexible nature and iterative stages of sprints within an application development.

Agile Defined

Agile is based on iterative developments, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams.

Top 8 Principals of Agile Development

  1. Customer Satisfaction – Each sprint is delivered rapidly with continuous iterations and re-evaluation.
  2. Continuously Changing Requirements – Whether it be in the first sprint, mid-way through or in the final stages of development an Agile framework emphasises on adaptability and responsiveness providing a competitive advantage.
  3. Frequent Delivery – Short, sharp sprints provide immediate values to customers.
  4. Light-weight cooperation – Close collaboration ensures that all requirements are met, keeping everyone on the same page.
  5. Face-to-Face Communication – The best form of communication is verbal this way individuals can direct discussions.
  6. Sustainable Development – An Agile methodology focuses on a work-life balance through close collaboration being aware and creative.
  7. The Art of Simplicity – Referring to the 80/20 rule where the idea focuses on the important 20% of effort that receives most results.
  8. Self-organisation – SCRUM provides autonomy and responsibility met through sprint goals.

 

Why Agile

  • Flexibility – Real time progress developers ensure continuous updates with changing requirements and demands are made.
  • Collaborative – Noted as one of the most effective ways that an organisation can collaborate between meetings and sprints.
  • Transparent – Providing consistent feedback
  • Results Oriented – Effective software approach for delivering projects but also encouraging continuous improvements and adjustments.

Benefits

  • Towards Customers – Features are developed and delivered in shorter cycles therefore creating a more responsive design
  • Towards Vendors – Focusing on high-level features and developments, decreasing overhead and increased efficiency.
  • Development Teams – Via a Scrum methodology teams are able to maximise their work.

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