In the IT Industry, the demand for functional, optimized, and effective software higher than ever and only growing. Considering how quickly the industry is advancing and becoming more demanding, the search for competent developers is constant.
Unfortunately, employees qualified to create a high-quality product are a precious resource in the modern business landscape, but it is currently at a deficit.
This is one reason. Agile has become so widespread as one of the main methodologies for software development management. The practice has developed with the flexibility of the industry’s dynamic requirements, to begin with, as an attempt to battle the stiff and impractical solutions used before.
In my opinion, working for a java software development company, the following are some of the best benefits of using an Agile Project Development approach to make the most of the developer resource you have at your disposal:
Focus on product performance, rather than excessive documentation
Documentation is an absolute necessity – there is no argument there. However, it is essential to make the realized decision of how much of the product development time you are willing to sacrifice for the sake of leading detailed documentation.
When it comes to the balance between development and documentation, the former tips the scales much more when it comes to Agile Management teams; sacrificing production and software quality is not an option. However, digital tools are used to track the ongoing development process and simultaneously serve both as organizational tools and a means to document the timeline of the project’s tasks.
Jira, for example, is one of the most used tools that serve this purpose due to its’ functionality features.
Achievable and predictable deadlines
Scrum Sprints are one essential part of the Agile management process. A Sprint is a dedicated period of time that focuses on predefined tasks. This allows the team to work collectively in the same direction and produce higher quality results for each production process module. Also, this often allows for testing and debugging within the sprint so that when the final product is released, the pieces fit well together and create a coherent and well-rounded, functional software.
Allows a change of production direction within the project development
With the moderation of every sprint, there are many more opportunities to change the overall development process. If you notice that the tasks assigned per sprint are too many, you have the option to declutter the sprint log and allow for better success during the upcoming sprints. The process evolves along with the project and can be modified at any given time.
Frequent measurable deliverables.
Each task assigned to each sprint holds clear information about who has worked on it, the requirements, and the timeframe for execution. While flexible, Agile holds practices for accountability that track the team’s performance.
Every task is important, and it is only swapped out for the next when it is completed. This method significantly minimizes the risks for having to rewrite too much of the code due to incompatibility – the opportunity to test it at the end of each sprint (or every few sprints depending on the pace the project is moving along in) assures that the foundation is strong before adding too much, that may cause bugs.
Task delegation clarity and face to face performance evaluation
A big part of Agile Project Development is the dedicated time for face-to-face meetings to discuss the project’s overall planning and personal evaluation for all employees consistently.
Similarly, this allows tasks to be moderated to observe and address the employees’ performance to allow for long-term improvement and stability.
As in task management, this allows changing each employee’s approach if the results are not up to par to match the development process requirements.
Transparency in communication and project planning
Communication is one of the pillars of Agile – any issues with the development process are discussed as they come along. To manipulate the development process to allow for better execution in future sprints, communication is a priority. As soon as an issue stands out that cripples the production in any way, it is discussed, analyzed, and developed to target it to extract more consistent and high-quality results in the future.
The Winner Attribute of Agility:
Adjustability for your project’s specific needs
Agile has no limits, as far as customizability goes. It can be molded into any shape and concept that your project needs to succeed. When the Project Development foundation stands on Agile Methodology, the project’s success rests entirely in your hands.
As a collection of working principles, it has been developed and targeted towards software development companies to assist them with guided flexibility and an optimized planning process. And precisely because it has been designed for this industry, it is the reason so many companies have reaped success when choosing to implement it.
Danila is a Tech-Enthusiast and part of Dreamix, a custom software development company. She has a strong passion for blogging, practical design, innovation, and gadgets. With a background in mathematics and informatics, she explores the software development process from production to business management. LinkedIn
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