What is Agile Software Development?

Agile is defined as “the ability to move quickly and easily”. Agile Development, in a nutshell, is a software development methodology, based on the Agile Manifesto*, that allows work to be divided into shorter sections, therefore, these sections are easier to revise at a moment’s notice. This approach to software development strives for efficient changes in software through the collaboration of self-organized teams.

It takes the ideas of the Agile Manifesto and applies it to best fit a business’s goals. When a team has one common goal, and members with different skill sets, you have a self-sufficient team. This team is a big focus when it comes to Agile Software Development. This means that the team can use their specific skill-set to work towards the goal, rather than being assigned to a single, or individual goal.

What are the benefits of implementing Agile Software Development in your business?

Applying this newfound efficiency to a business is beneficial in many ways. The first benefit is that when there are any changes in the market, new features and changes to the software are developed and implemented quickly. Making those changes means that your company will always be seen as a front-runner in its industry.

The second benefit is customer satisfaction. Your client will be thrilled with the increased efficiency, which leads to your client wanting to stay with you longer, as well as increasing your business’s “word-of-mouth” reputation.

Another benefit is staff satisfaction. The team members working together, in a collaborative environment will enjoy developing software. When team members are happy, they’ll want to continue developing, and continue software improvement.

How to get started:

Agile Software Development is a technique that every business with an online presence should implement. If you’d like to learn more about adding this to your companies tool-kit, email info@revstarconsulting.com or call us directly at 813-291-1056.

 

*Agile Manifesto:
  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan
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