Agile Software Development - A Simplistic and Flexible Approach

Whenever we talk about software development methodologies, we encompass executing, managing and testing all the phases of the Software Development Life Cycle, starting from Analysis to Implementation to Maintenance. Traditionally, Waterfall and Iterative approaches have been popular till date. But looking to the increasing need of close communication between the development team and the client at each phase of the project, the most popular and sought after approach is the Agile software development Methodology.

It is a group of methods, which has been derived based on the Iterative method, wherein the requirements and their solutions advance through teamwork between self-organizing and cross-functional teams. The primary advantage of this methodology is the discipline that it induces into the entire project, because of which there is a regular and continuous monitoring and inspection of requirements and their interpretation into the software application.

A Typical Agile Workflow:

Agile methods focus on unceasing prioritization and client review to ensure that the deliverables, at each stage meet the client requirements and errors are minimized at each stage, thus leading to a robust, scalable and ready-to-go solution. It breaks the product into small incremental builds, which are provided in iterations. In each iteration, the business and development teams work simultaneously on each stage of SDLC to cull out a working product which is quality and process driven and abides by the client requirements, to its best.

Advantages of using the Agile Model
    •    Realistic approach to software development
    •    Higher levels of visibility, quality and predictability
    •    Accelerates product delivery
    •    Enhanced customer satisfaction
    •    Close co-operation between development and business teams, promotes team work
    •    Minimization of errors / rework
    •    Frequent delivery of a partial working solution (in weeks)
    •    More emphasis on people and interactions rather than processes and tools
    •    Ease in management and in adapting to changes and enhancements

Methodologies included in the Agile Spectrum
    •    Scrum
    •    XP (Extreme Programming)
    •    Crystal
    •    FDD (Feature Driven Development)
    •    DSDM (Dynamic Software Development Method)
    •    Lean
    •    AUP (Agile Unified Process)

Tools used for Agile Methods

There are various tools being used in the market today, for implementing the Agile methods. Some of them are as mentioned below:
    •    JIRA Studio as a hosted development suite
    •    JIRA + GreenHopper for agile project management
    •    Confluence for agile collaboration
    •    FishEye for code analysis
    •    Bamboo for continuous integration
    •    Clover for code coverage
    •    Crucible for code reviews
    •    Pyxis - creators of GreenHopper

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