Introduction to Agile Software Development

By StartxLabs
Date 27-03-18
Introduction to Agile Software Development
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Not sure about what do you want as the end product? Good News! No need to stress at a time finalizing the requirements and anxiously waiting for the final result thinking whether you will like the product. Agile is the savior here. During the lifecycle of the product, a development team needs to handle several hidden challenges, or a client may change his mind with the progressing features of the product. Don’t worry! Agile makes the product development ride smooth.

Let’s answer your questions: what is Agile, How to use it, and Why to use it. At StartxLabs we make sure to give space to our clients to think more about their vision so that we not only make satisfied customers but also happy customers.

Agile is an iterative approach to develop and to deliver the software product. It involves incremental delivery of the software, collaboration among teams, and continuous evolution of the software. Due to this incremental approach, the requirements can be facilitated on the fly and changes can be incorporated easily during a product’s development. Let’s see an example how it works, who needs to be involved in the process and what would be the results. 

A Business Analyst works with the client to understand his requirements in several discussions. As a result of these discussions, the requirements are split into several ‘Sprints’ or phases as per the priorities of the requirements. A sprint is a 2-4 week long development phase in which several stories tagged to features are developed, delivered and accepted by the business. At the high level, Product’s requirements are categorized into several ‘Features’ and each feature are further disintegrated into several small tasks known as ‘Story’ in an agile term. 

We follow the Scrum framework to implement the Agile Process Management. A scrum master is needed to drive the sprint cycle and, he makes sure the successful completion of the sprint. At the start of the sprint in planning call, which involves participation from the development team, testing team and business, every story is estimated in points/person days by the participants. This ballpark estimation makes sure the timeline of the completion of the project is transparent to every stakeholder. Next, in the grooming call, the developers understand the story’s functional, and technical requirements at the granular level, understanding the requirements clearly. Scrum masters track the progress on the stories every day and provide resolution of the issues raised by sprint participants. At the completion of each story, it is demonstrated to the client and acceptance is signed off. Using several Agile tools such as Gravity, Rally, and Jira etc, anyone can see the progress on the stories as QA and developer register their efforts in the tool on daily basis.
Finally, at the end of the sprint, a retrospective meeting is conducted in which last sprint’s performance is analyzed, feedbacks counted and measures to improve the performance of the sprint is incorporated.

As we can see Agile makes each development step better and works best in client’s interest, it is the best available software management method available in the market and, StartxLabs believes in following the best.

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