A project goes through a complete life cycle from the moment you start working on it till the final phase of delivery and feedback. Agile development process involves many steps such as gathering information and requirements, designing prototypes, developing the product, testing, releasing, and feedback.
Over the last couple of years, Agile methodology has gained popularity among businesses of all types. With Agile methodology, businesses can develop a project from start to finish in an effective and cost-efficient manner.
Most high performance companies want to maximize profits and minimize operation costs. Agile software development uses various methods to develop software that can increase productivity, accelerate project deadlines, and increase early return on investment (ROI).
Contrary to traditional methods such as Waterfall — an older method for project development, Agile is swift, flexible, and involves less risk. It allows active collaboration and coordination amongst teams during the development process. Implementing Agile methodology increases trust and improves relationships with customers.
Working with Agile is also known to increase motivation among team members. As the motivation increases, so does the creativity and productivity. The result of course is development of high quality software and efficient problem solving skills.
On average, agile increases productivity by 15%-23%, reduces cost by 5%-7%, and time to market by 25%-50%. However, only 44% of companies adopting agile report the outcome as successful. This indicates that most companies don’t know how to implement agile methodologies effectively.
Agile methodology does not follow a one size fits all approach. There is no universally applied Agile process that everyone can follow freely. Rather, it needs to be tailored based on each project.
One of the main reasons businesses use Agile is to meet the customers needs and to also promote trust between the developers and the customer. Projects fail when companies do not respond to the changing user needs and technological trends. As a result, they lose heavily invested money, time, and efforts spent on the project.
Implementing Agile is a team effort where a company experiences a shift in the way things are done. Management needs to communicate the ongoing changes and clearly define the expectations. Team members need to take ownership of their projects without completely relying on others.
Lastly, choosing the right Agile methodology is crucial to the future of your business. Companies that do not weigh pros and cons of various Agile approaches and do not pay attention to the nature of their business when applying the approaches, tend to fail.
We, at Intelligent Hack, have been successfully implementing Agile since 2005 both in single teams and in organizations of up to 200 developers. We use a scientific approach to implement Agile, giving your company the best possible chance of using this fantastic tool successfully.
What differentiates us from our competitors is our winning approach to Agile development that allows smarter project management, better collaboration among teams, and efficiency through automation.