If you are currently working in the custom software development industry, you certainly heard the buzz: Agile software development is all about solving the issues associated with traditional software development.
There is a reason why the agile methods are mainstream – they can work! If you haven’t already adopted a fast, flexible system for development projects, it’s time to consider doing so.
We gather 5 good reasons to apply agile software development principles and practices.
- On Time and On Budget
An Agile team will always deliver on time and on budget. By using time boxed, fixed schedule Sprint, new features are delivered quickly and frequently, with a high level of predictability. This provides the opportunity to release or beta test the software earlier than planned if there is sufficient business value.
Each Sprint has a fixed duration, therefore the cost is predictable and limited to the amount of work that can be performed by the development team in the fixed schedule time box.
- Customer satisfaction
Agile helps you build strong partnership with your customers. Unlike in traditional software methodologies, if the customer will change his priority midway this will not affect the entire project drastically.
With agile your customer can access the progress of the project at any given time. This way you can work together to get problems solved.
- Motivated and Productive Development Team
There is nothing quite like being part of a team of people working hard toward shared goals. With the help of Agile you can create teams of empowered individuals, teams full of people working on the highest priorities of the business with a shared sense of purpose.
- Good Quality Software
With agile software development methods within reach you can break down your project into manageable units. This way your project team can focus on high-quality development, testing, and collaboration.
If you produce frequent builds and you conduct testing and reviews during each iteration, the quality of your software is improved by finding and fixing defects quickly and identifying expectation mismatches early.
- Predictable Costs and Schedule
Keeping in mind that each Sprint is a fixed duration, the cost can be predictable and limited to the amount of work performed by the team in the fixed schedule time box.
The client can more readily understand the approximate cost of each feature, thanks to the estimates made prior to each Sprint.
Agile is a powerful tool for software development, providing benefits for the development team and also benefits for clients.
With the help of agile you can deal with many of the most common project pitfalls in a more controlled manner: schedule predictability, costs or scope creep.