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With the emergence of virtualization, the cloud and social media, enterprises have realized that it is critical to keep innovating and adapting to changes, as customers today have access software applications through multiple channels. This poses a tremendous challenge to traditional software development models such as, the waterfall, wherein the progress of a software application is more linear and less adaptable to the changes in the scope and nature of a project.
Has your company thought about adopting Agile on large distributed projects? If not, then it's the right time to consider extending Agile to big projects and leverage the benefits that it offers. Read on, to find out more about the Agile technology.
The Agile methodology was first proposed in the year of 2001, as a manifesto that is popularly referred to as "The Agile Manifesto". Though it suggested a simple concept, it was considered radical in its function.
The Agile manifesto propounded four basic tenets that would define the Agile approach:
It is clear from the above, that the large scale Agile technology proposed sweeping changes to how Agile software development was to be. People (internal and external) were placed at the center of this approach. Developers could apply and adapt to change, while rolling out smaller chunks of a project, thus reducing the time-to-market. It also put the onus on the customer to be more participative, thus reducing the project creep that usually occurs in traditional software approaches.
While Agile was a game changing concept for software development, it was initially perceived that it would suitable only for web applications, smaller teams and less-complex projects. However that perception is all but gone. Today, extending Agile to big projects is becoming more of a norm than an option.
As noted earlier, software is no longer restricted to just one platform; it is being driven by the customer's consumption (of software) over distributed channels - desktop, web, cloud, mobile applications etc. In addition, the time-to-market has become shorter in order to stay competitive. This means that a traditional product development cycle cannot be adopted to fully meet the demands of today's customers and market dynamics.
Though it sounds like a cure-all to software development, Agile technology has some caveats that organizations need to be aware of. Adopting Agile on large distributed projects needs some groundwork, before it can be taken to distributed development teams. Before embarking on an Agile software development approach, it is important to ask a few key questions:
These questions will enable companies to evaluate if Agile can be implemented for a certain development project.
Adapting Agile's concepts and transitioning it into software projects is not easy, yet not too complex. Much of the work revolves around changing the organizational behavior in viewing how software projects are typically executed. Let's look at how beneficial Agile can be for large and complex software projects:
Are you ready to adopt agile for your software projects? Contact Flatworld Solutions today to discuss how we can help you.