Contributor: Nacher Ahammed, Nascenia
Agile is an umbrella phrase used to represent all light weight software methodologies which abide by agile manifesto, is becoming much popular method of software development. Agile software development is a group of software development methods by which all requirements and solutions develop through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. Among hundreds of reasons, here are the key reasons why you should consider Agile software development to be so compelling.
ADAPTIVE TO CUSTOMER NEEDS
Agile is more flexible, adapting to changes much more rapidly than other software development methods. A customer can add, delete or change requirements or shift priorities at the beginning of each cycle, guiding the project team on the work for the next iteration.
STYLE OF WORK
While traditional methodologies require the customer to provide a detailed idea of his/her requirements with respect to the intended software, agile software developers are more flexible because of their iterative style of work. Through agile software development, the customers are constantly in the loop, suggesting improvements and reviewing every phase and can change the requirements until it is picked up for implementation.
GREATER CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
Since agile software development goes through multiple rollout cycles, it has a better chance of providing exactly what the customers need at any given point in time. These cycles are designed not only to add new features but also to make adjustments to what has already been deployed. The infrastructure is continuously morphing to meet the changing needs of end-users. Thus the result is greater customer satisfaction.
FASTER DEPLOYMENT TIMES
In a traditional waterfall software development, infrastructure solution that was built from very static requirements and were finalized weeks, months, or even years earlier – during the planning and design phase. Instead, agile rolls out the base infrastructure solution to end-users as soon as it’s ready. Then changes and new features are rolled out incrementally in future deployments. Thus the result is a faster deployment to end-users, as continuous improvements go on simultaneously.
It allows continuous feedback in order to shape the final design. In case of agile software development, the end users provide feedback to the implementation team and then the implementation team makes adjustments to the configuration in order to squeeze out extra value for the end users.
Agile software development teams do their work to a constant heartbeat. Disruptions from outside are easier to control and avoid. And it is a lot harder for individuals to procrastinate because of tight deadlines and ever watching eyes of the team.
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