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How to know if Agile is right for you

When requirements are uncertain, for daily stand up meetings – Scrum Meetings, for a regular interaction with the product owners and the teams, on time delivery of the project, learning thru mistakes etc. Agile is the best used methodology in town for good Revenue, Quality, Visibility, Risk Management, Flexibility/Agility, Cost Control, Business Engagement/Customer Satisfaction, Right Product, Agile is More Enjoyable!.

What is Agile?

Agile approaches help teams respond to unpredictability through incremental, iterative work cadences and empirical feedback. Everyone working in software development is either using Agile or they are in the process of learning how to use Agile. Now Agile has spread to be adapted by other kinds of teams too like marketing and sales.

 

It is founded on the principles of adaptive planning, evolutionary development and early/often delivery with the end user in mind. There are several disciplines that are under the larger umbrella of Agile, such as Scrum, XP Extreme, Lean and Development, DSDM, RUP. Agile makes planning an iterative process throughout the project lifecycle.

Agile development methodology provides opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout the development lifecycle.

Why Agile?

Agile development methodology provides 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 each Sprint which teams must present a potentially shippable product increment. By focusing on the repetition of abbreviated work cycles as well as the functional product they yield, agile methodology is described as “iterative” and “incremental.” In waterfall, development teams only have one chance to get each aspect of a project right. 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 teams can develop software at the same time they’re gathering requirements. And because a team’s work cycle is limited to two weeks, it gives stakeholders/Product Owners recurring opportunities to calibrate releases for success in the real world.

Agile approaches help teams respond to unpredictability through incremental, iterative work cadences and empirical feedback.

13 Reasons Why Agile is Right For you

Agile is evolutionary, giving teams an opportunity to learn with each new iteration or draft.

  • Agile lets teams deliver a prototype and improve upon it with every cycle.
  • Teams can manage shifting priorities more effectively.
  • This fast and flexible process increases productivity.
  • Agile supports regular and collaborative troubleshooting.
  • The inherent collaborative nature of Agile improves project visibility.
  • Agile helps teams and individuals effectively prioritize work and features. Teams can anticipate incoming project changes.
  • Teams can make quick-course corrections based on stakeholder feedback.
  • Teams can prototype a solution or process for the next version of the project.
  • Stakeholders and clients can provide feedback as the project evolves—without holding the project up (because the feedback is part of the process).
  • Teams get rapid feedback from each version or iteration.
  • Empowers project teams to work creatively and effectively.Irrespective of the flavor of agile you decide to choose, there are some industry accepted scenarios where Agile will work and where it will not work.
  • Agile will not work well unless every member of your team is really good.
  •  Agile will not work well for a team where communication is an issue. It needs open communication for every day stand ups and retros. Your communication should be so good that any developer in your team should be able to pick up any piece of code and start working on it.
  • Agile will not work in a hierarchy-driven organizational set up. It needs a culture which cannot be developed overnight.
  • Agile will not work in a scenario where failure is not an option.
  • Agile may not work very well for a package implementation or a system integration project.
  • Agile will fail without the right engineering practices in place. Pair Programming, Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration are necessary for agile to work.
  • In case of some software deliverables, especially the large ones, it is difficult to assess the effort required at the beginning of the software development life cycle.
  • There is lack of emphasis on necessary designing and documentation.
  • Micro management is required to maintain productivity