Agile software development comprises various approaches to software development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organising and cross-functional teams and their customer(s)/end user(s). It advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, and continual improvement, and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change.
The term agile (sometimes written Agile) was popularised, in this context, by the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. The values and principles espoused in this manifesto were derived from and underpin a broad range of software development frameworks.
There are many agile frameworks that provide specifics on development process and agile development practices, aligned to a software development life cycle.
The most popular agile framework is called scrum. It focuses on a delivery cadence called a sprint and meeting structures that include:
· planning (where sprint priorities are identified)
· commitment (where the team reviews a list or backlog of user stories and decides how much work can be done in the sprint’s duration)
· daily standup meetings (so teams can communicate updates on their development status and strategies).
Many organisations employ scrum masters or coaches to help teams manage the scrum process.
Although scrum dominates, another popular agile framework is Kanban which works as a “fan-in and fan-out process” where the team pulls user stories from an intake board and funnels them through a staged development process until they are completed.
5 benefits of Agile project management
1. High product quality
In Agile development, testing is integrated during the cycle, which means that there are regular checkups to see that the product is working during the development. This enables the product owner to make changes if needed and the team is aware if there are any issues.
2. Higher customer satisfaction
The product owner is always involved, the progress of development has high visibility and flexibility to change is highly important. This implies engagement and customer satisfaction.
3. Increased project control
· Sprint meetings.
· Jira usage (visibility of each step of the project for both parties).
4. Reduced risks
· Agile methodologies virtually eliminate the chances of absolute project failure.
· Always having a working product, starting with the very first sprint, so that no agile project fails completely.
5. Faster ROI
The fact that agile development is iterative means that the features are delivered incrementally, therefore benefits are realised early while the product is in development process.
· Statistics say that by using agile project management, on average, the time to market is 37% faster and the efficiency of you team is increased with a productivity higher by 16% that the average.
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