Agile Development Services
Flexible methodologies adhere to the iterative principles of development. The process of creating a product is divided into a series of short cycles of 1-4 weeks. Each iteration is a separate project with planning, design, programming, testing and retrospective.
When paying developers, Agile usually selects between the dedicated team for the project (Dedicated Team) and Time & Materials (T & M). We have already compared some of the mechanisms for building financial relations with the contractor. Our findings from the standpoint of customers and developers can be found here.
The flexible development model is based on 12 principles, of which we consider the following as the defining ones:
Working software is the best indicator of the effectiveness of the development team;
-Editing requirements is welcomed at any stage of development;
-Personal communication is the most productive way of communication;
-New versions of the product either go out each iteration, or every few months, depending on the project.
The class Agile includes such techniques as extreme programming (XP), FDD, DSDM, Scrum and others.
The approach, the design and all the development phases linked to a discipline also known as Agile Methodology, have a direct influence on the quality of the final result and on the production efficiency. The success of medium and large software is closely linked to the consistency of their project which is divided into several phases and regulates the activities of teamwork.
In addition to the goodness of the intermediate and final results, those who produce software must necessarily aim at the best possible use of human and technological resources. Fielded Efficiency and productivity become nerve variables that have a precise meaning. In most cases, both the profits and the feasibility of an operation depend on them.
The exponential growth of the Web and the huge diffusion of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has brought the world of computer programming into a new era where, in essence, the demand for software has increased dramatically, just as the platforms of programming and features that new generation programs must have.
In this scenario, classical cascade design methods used for years, such as Waterfall, risk being ineffective and above all unproductive. At the beginning of the new millennium, in 2001, a group of programmers published a document “Manifesto for Agile Software Development” that in fact started the development of alternative methodologies to the classical ones, aimed at delivering quality software, tested and working, with frequencies and speed until then unusual.
The birth of the agile methodology has changed the way we do software. Let’s see how.
What is the agile methodology?
Like other more traditional approaches, even software development with agile methodology requires the application of a production philosophy, regardless of the platforms, the programming languages used and the particular nature of the software to be fired. The basic rules of the agile methodology aim to establish a clearer interaction between human resources involved in the project, regardless of the processes to be followed and the tools used. One of the main objectives is to prefer the (rapid) delivery of effectively functioning software to documentation that is often disproportionate in size and content.
Moreover, the agile philosophy foresees a central role for the Client, who is called upon to collaborate with the team of programmers in different phases and not only during the preliminary analysis. All this is aimed at ensuring, in addition to quality and speed, also an innovation that is more than ever necessary today, so that the software can effectively be useful, serving complex and constantly changing realities.
What are the advantages of the agile methodology in software development?
Software development with agile methodology benefits from an innovative approach, which is necessary to reduce waste and achieve more significant results in terms of overall product quality.
A significant growth in productivity and efficiency is one of the most important advantages of the agile methodology. Moreover, the “pieces” delivery methods allow frequent feedback and continuous feedback , avoiding scenarios that were once usual, in which the programmers’ teams worked for years on a sequential project, before realizing its ineffectiveness only at work.