Agile Methodology Process

Organisations are experiencing enormous success in meeting the fast-paced change of customer needs by adopting an Agile Methodology Process or Agile Process, which offers an iterative approach to the design and development of software. The Agile Methodology Process or Agile Process embraces the constant changes that occur in the development of technology – allowing teams to break the lengthy requirements, build, and test phases down into smaller segments – ultimately delivering working software quickly and more frequently.

See below for the Agile Methodology Process lifecycle model within an enterprise.

The Agile Process Flow

  • Concept – Projects are envisioned and prioritized
  • Inception – Team members are identified, funding is put in place, and initial environments and requirements are discussed
  • Iteration/Construction – The development team works to deliver working software based on iteration requirements and feedback
  • Release – QA (Quality Assurance) testing, internal and external training, documentation development, and final release of the iteration into production
  • Production – Ongoing support of the software
  • Retirement – End-of-life activities, including customer notification and migration

Making the Agile Methodology Process Work For You

As with any methodology, there are advantages and disadvantages. The Agile Methodology Process is more suitable in situations where customers and project stakeholders are available to provide input, functional portions of software are needed quickly, flexibility is desired to accommodate changing requirements, and the team is co-located and able to effectively collaborate.

As with any change, integrating an Agile process into your business can be overwhelming. Below are four activities that will help support the adoption of Agile workflow:

  • Daily Meetings – Host consistent or daily stand-up meetings to maintain open communication, hold workers accountable, and keep each iteration moving forward
  • Live Demonstrations – Deliver live demonstrations of each iteration’s final product to show progress
  • Share Feedback – Receive feedback from stakeholders and customers and share it with the entire team before the next iteration begins
  • Remain Agile – Make changes to your process based on feedback to ensure each iteration improves the last

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