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 and more demanding, the search of competent developers is constant.
Unfortunately, employees who are qualified to create a high-quality product are a precious resource in the modern landscape of business but it is currently at a deficit.
This is one of the reasons why Agile has become so widespread as one of the main methodologies used for software development management. The practice has developed with the flexibility of the dynamic requirements of the industry, to begin with, as an attempt to battle the stiff and impractical solutions that were 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 simply 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 very important part of the Agile management process. A Sprint is a dedicated period of time which focuses on predefined tasks. This allows for the team to collectively work in the same direction and produce higher quality results for each module of the production process. In addition, 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 make a change in 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 as to who has worked on it, what the requirements are and what the timeframe for execution is. While flexible Agile holds practices for accountability that tracks the team’s performance.
Every task is important and it is only swapped out for the next when it is successfully 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 the Agile Project Development is the dedicated time for face to face meetings, in order to discuss the overall planning of the project, in addition to personal evaluation for all employees on a consistent basis.
This allows, in the same way, tasks are moderated, to observe and address the employees’ performance in a way that allows for long term improvement and stability.
And again as in task management, this allows changing the approach for each individual employee if the results are not up to par to match the requirements of the development process.
Transparency in communication and project planning
Communication is one of the pillars of Agile – any and all issues with the development process are discussed as they come along. In order to be able to manipulate the development process in a way that allows 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 a strategy is developed to target it in order 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, specifically, to assist them with guided flexibility and 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