What is Agile Software Development?
Agile software development refers to a group of methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams.
Agile software development methods generally promote a project management process that encourages:
- Frequent inspection and adaptation
- A leadership philosophy that encourages teamwork
- Self-organization and accountability
- A set of engineering best practices that allow for rapid delivery of high-quality software
- A business approach that aligns development with customer needs and company goals.
Agile methods are a family of development processes that share the following
- Customer satisfaction by rapid, continuous delivery of useful software
- Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months)
- Working software is the principal measure of progress
- Even late changes in requirements are welcomed
- Close, daily cooperation between business people and developers
- Face-to-face conversation is the best form of communication (Co-location)
- Projects are built around motivated individuals who should be trusted
- Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design
- Self-organizing teams
- Regular adaptation to changing circumstances
Why use Agile?
Agile software development methodology attempts to provide many opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout the development lifecycle. This is achieved through regular cadences of work, known as sprints or iterations, at the end of which teams must present a shippable increment of work. Thus by focusing on the repetition of abbreviated work cycles as well as the functional product they yield, agile methodology could be described as “iterative” and “incremental.” In an agile paradigm, every aspect of development (requirements, design, etc.) is continually revisited throughout the lifecycle. When a team stops and re-evaluates the direction of a project every two weeks, there’s always time to steer it in another direction.
The results of this “inspect-and-adapt” approach to development greatly reduce both development costs and time to market. Because a team’s work cycle is limited to two weeks, it gives stakeholders recurring opportunities to calibrate releases for success in the real world. In essence, it could be said that the agile development advisory service methodologies help companies build the right product. Instead of committing to market a piece of software that hasn’t even been written yet, agile empowers teams to optimize their release as it’s developed in order to be as competitive as possible in the marketplace. In the end, a development agile methodology that preserves a product’s critical market relevance and ensures a team’s work doesn’t wind up on a shelf, never released, is an attractive option for stakeholders and developers alike.
WHAT CAN ELIASSEN GROUP DO FOR YOU?
We are focused on your careers. Many of our clients are actively looking for people that fit their model and approach. Finding you a position that capitalizes on your strengths and goals is our business. We give you VISIBILITY into your career options. We are ADAPTIVE in finding you new challenges. We focus on your BUSINESS VALUE and we offer you no RISK. Eliassen Group wants to help you with your career.
We have an established network of consultants with expertise in the Agile space and would be able to quickly fill Agile team roles with high quality candidates. Over the past 12 months, we have filled the following roles (amongst others) with clients:
- Agile Coach – Provided strategic level consulting to help our clients successfully
transition to Agile SD & PM practices across their operations
- Scrum Master – Leading iterations from new stories to “done done”
- Development staff – with experience working in a test-driven development and pair programming environment.
- QA personnel – with ability to establish automated testing frameworks in a test-driven development environment.