“Agile, agile process management or agile refers to an iterative, incremental method of managing the design and build activities for engineering, information technology, and other business areas that aims to provide new product or service development in a highly flexible and interactive manner”, this as per Wikipedia is the definition of Agile.
However, to put it in simpler terms, it is a movement which moves away from traditional project management techniques viz., waterfall and sequential development to an approach which help teams to be better prepared for unpredictability through incremental, iterative work cadences, known as sprints.
Origin of Agile
Agile was actually born in 1970 when Dr. Winston Royce presented a paper “Managing the Development of Large Software Systems,” which disapproved of sequential development and objected to phase-based approach where developers first gather all project’s requirements, then complete its architecture and design, then write all of the code, and so on.
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Reasons for choosing Agile?
The Agile methodology assists in assessing the course of a project across its development cycle through regular cadences of work, known as sprints or iterations. The Agile process gives the opportunity of development — requirements, design, etc. by continuously revisiting throughout the lifecycle. The project always has scope of correction as it is getting re-evaluated every two weeks, hence course correction becomes easy.
Agile Methodology is quite different from other project management techniques as it uses. “Scrums” and “Sprints” The core of Agile Project Management is the “scrum” framework, it makes us of specific roles, events, meetings, and increments to deliver a usable product in a specific time frame such as 30 days.
Key Points of Agile Methodology
- It aims to deliver complete working upgrades of a product or process on a consistent basis viz., every 30 days
- A perfect model for software development and other projects where the likelihood of requirements getting changes or modified in between is high
- It provides flexibility in terms teams being self-managed with the freedom to alter their approach as and when required which in-turn helps save costs and meets customer demands
- Agile methodology has the advantage of regular user testing and customer feedback which assists in correcting mistakes, implementing feedback, and evolving deliverables
- The project requirements evolve and develop within the process as needs and uses arise which primarily means that the final outcome is often different from the one envisioned at the start
The prime aim of the agile projects is that it is the responsibility of developers, quality assurance engineers, designers, etc. to manage the project to achieve its objectives. The agile project manager plays a vital role in providing resources, ensuring that the team is motivated at all times, eliminating issues, and resolving obstructions as early as possible.
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