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Agile software development refers to a group of software development methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams

In general, when we talk about the Agile method, it implies an iterative and incremental method of management. It focuses on helping teams in an evolving landscape and maintaining a focus on the rapid delivery of business value. The methodologies used in Agile project management (Scrum, XP, Kanban, and others) all follow the Agile Manifesto that is based on continuous improvement, flexibility, input of the team, and the delivery of results with high quality.

In software development, we often talk about the “traditional model” which refers to the Waterfall Model. Very different to Agile method specially because it’s not iterative, Waterfall is more about a process where you can see the progress “flowing” through the difference phases. In fact it’s a sequential model usually going from requirement analysis, design, implementation, testing and maintenance. The image below illustrates the difference regarding the value proposition of both methodologies and how agile development tends to deliver visibility, adaptability and value in the beginning of the process and reduces a lot the risks during the project.

Agile methodologies address perfectly customer’s needs. During the whole cycle, user involvement is encouraged, providing visibility & transparency, showing the actual progress of projects. As mentioned earlier, Agile method is all about iterative planning, making it very easy to adapt when some requirements change (if you work in the software development industry, I am sure you know how much they can change!). The fact that there is continuous planning and feedback through the process means that we start delivering business value from the beginning of the project. Again, the idea is to deliver business value early in the process, making it easier to lower risks associated with development.

Benefits of agile project management

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.

  • Defining and elaborating requirements just in time so that the knowledge of the product features is as relevant as possible.
  • Incorporating continuous integration and daily testing into the development process, allowing the development team to address issues while they’re still fresh.
  • Taking advantage of automated testing tools.
  • Conducting sprint retrospectives, allowing the scrum team to continuously improve processes and work.
  • Completing work using the definition of done: developed, tested, integrated, and documented.
  • Software is developed in incremental, rapid cycles. This results in small incremental releases with each release building on previous functionality. Each release is thoroughly tested to ensure software quality is maintained.

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.

  • Demonstrating working functionalities to customers in every sprint review.
  • Delivering products to market quicker and more often with every release. The clients get early access to the product during the life cycle.
  • Keeping customers involved and engaged throughout projects.

Increased project control

  • Sprint meetings.
  • Transparency.

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.
  • Developing in sprints, ensuring a short time between initial project investment and either failing fast or knowing that a product or an approach will work.
  • Generating revenue early with self-funding projects, allowing organisations to pay for a project with little up-front expense.
  • Agile gives freedom when new changes need to be implemented. They can be implemented at very little cost because of the frequency of new increments that are produced.
  • Adaptation to the client’s needs and preferences through the development process. Agile commonly uses user stories with business-focused acceptance criteria to define product features. By focusing features on the needs of real customers, each feature incrementally delivers value, not just an IT component. This also provides the opportunity to beta test software after each iteration, gaining valuable feedback early in the project and providing the ability to make changes as needed.

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.

  • Development starts early.
  • A functional ‘ready to market’ product after few iterations.
  • First Mover Advantage.
  • Long delivery cycles are often a problem for businesses, particularly those in fast-moving markets.
  • Agile means fast product releases and ability to gauge customer reaction and alter accordingly, keeping you ahead of the competition.
  • Focusing on Business value. By allowing the client to determine the priority of features, the team understands what’s most important to the client’s business, and can deliver features in the most valuable order.

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Employees

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Cody Swann

Since founding Gunner Technology, Cody has served the company in every aspect of business development and product development.

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Lisa Brignac

Lisa keeps Gunner on point, ensuring that all tasks are completed on time and with high quality.

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Dary Merckens

From a contractor to a partner, Dary has been with Gunner since year 1 and embodies the meritocratic spirit and philosophy of Gunner Technology.

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Keith Cohn

As the oldest member of the Gunner Technology team, Keith goes by the affectionate nickname "Papa Keith" and is always available to help out a "young buck."

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Mahdi Huessein

Mahdi joined Gunner at age 18 and quickly rose through the ranks to become VP of Engineering

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Elena Villanueva

From Sensors and Big Data to Media Queries and Form Validation, Elena has worked on pretty much anything you can imagine.

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Ryleigh Powers

In 4+ years at Gunner Technology, Ryleigh has created a life-saving testing and deployment process.

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Skyla Frye

Skyla is Gunner's go-to engineer when it comes to evaluating new tech. She loves evaluating bleeding edge software and teaching her colleagues what she learns.

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Kayden Chan

Kayden holds the Gunner Technology record for most straight hours worked at just under 70. He refuses to quit until the job is done and it's done right.

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Jeramiah Anthony

Jeramiah is a wizard at turning loose requirements into a firm vision with a solid plan.

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Kylie Ware

For Kylie, nothing is better than a good process. If it's not documented and repeatable, it's not for her.

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Cory Schneider

As one of the most veteran members of the Gunner family, Cory has spearheaded our design efforts on countless projects

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Yusuf Hendricks

Yusuf has the memory of an elephant. He is the team's built-in Google and Stack Overflow.

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Caitlin Walton

In her own words, Caitlin is a Jill of All Trades - eager to learn and always ready to help.

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Ethan Sloan

Ethan has a mind for infrastructure and a knack for visualizing platform solutions

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Melissa Galloway

Melissa is known for her odd hours, which earned her the name "Night Walker," but despite the nocturnal tendencies, she's one of the most outgoing members of the Gunner team.

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Nicolas Henderson

Nicolas' goal is to learn everything. A voracious reader, the only time his nose isn't in a tech book is when he's scripting a new infrastructure.

Projects

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References

Related Terms

  • Bug Sprint

    A Bug Sprint is a sprint specifically for fixing bugs.

  • Research Sprint

    This is a single sprint for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping and testing ideas.

  • Velocity

    Velocity is a measure of the amount of work a Team can tackle during a single Sprint and is the key metric in Scrum.

  • Effort Point

    A effort point is an abstract measure of effort required to implement a user story.