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Agile Software Development

agile methodologyAgile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, a time-boxed iterative approach, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change. It is a conceptual framework that promotes foreseen tight interactions throughout the development cycle.

Agile methods generally promote a disciplined project management process that encourages frequent inspection and adaptation that allows for rapid delivery of high-quality software. Agile implementations use a routine and formal daily face-to-face communication among team members. Team members report to each other what they did yesterday, what they intend to do today, and what their roadblocks are.

There are many specific agile development methods. Most promote development, teamwork, collaboration, and process adaptability throughout the life-cycle of the project.

Iterative, incremental and evolutionary

Agile methods break tasks into small increments with minimal planning and do not directly involve long-term planning. Iterations are short time frames that typically last from one to four weeks. Each iteration involves a cross-functional team working in all functions: planning, requirements analysis, design, coding, unit testing, and acceptance testing. At the end of the iteration a working product is demonstrated to stakeholders. This minimizes overall risk and allows the project to adapt to changes quickly. An iteration might not add enough functionality to warrant a market release, but the goal is to have an available release (with minimal bugs) at the end of each iteration. Multiple iterations might be required to release a product or new features.

Efficient and face-to-face communication

No matter what development disciplines are required, each agile team will contain a customer representative. This person is available for developers to answer mid-iteration questions. At the end of each iteration, stakeholders and the customer representative review progress and re-evaluate priorities with a view to optimizing the return on investment (ROI) and ensuring alignment with customer needs and company goals.

In agile software development, an information radiator is a physical display located prominently in an office, where passers-by can see it. It presents an up-to-date summary of the status of a software project or other product.

Very short feedback loop and adaptation cycle

A common characteristic of agile development are daily status meetings. In a brief session, team members report to each other what they did the previous day, what they intend to do today, and what their roadblocks are.

Quality focus

Specific tools and techniques, such as continuous integration, automated unit testing, pair programming, test-driven development,design patterns, domain-driven design, code refactoring and other techniques are often used to improve quality and enhance project agility.

The various agile methodologies share much of the same philosophy, as well as many of the same characteristics and practices. But from an implementation standpoint, each has its own recipe of practices, terminology, and tactics. One of the main methodology contenders we use is SCRUM.

Scrum is a lightweight agile project management framework with broad applicability for managing and controlling iterative and incremental projects of all types. A key principle of Scrum is its recognition that during a project the customers can change their minds about what they want; Scrum adopts an empirical approach focusing on maximizing the team's ability to deliver quickly and respond to emerging requirements. Scrum has garnered increasing popularity in the software community due to its simplicity, proven productivity, and ability to act as a wrapper for various engineering practices promoted by other agile methodologies.

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