An Introduction to the Agile

Today the number of software projects has grown to an incredible extent. Software products are used practically everywhere and as it seems with the Internet in one hand and the mobile apps markets in other this trend is even more consolidated.

 

Agility in Software Development
The agile methods tend to be more responsive to a highly dynamic software projects.

 

Typically the software build processes are followed by the processes of controlling and managing software projects. In the very beginning of the software sciences these were methodologies that relied mainly on a detailed documentation, precise planning and higher degree of control. As it appears in many kind of projects this approach is simply ineffective. Most of those kind of projects are characterized as very dynamic, with many requirement changes that makes them difficult to predict and control with the traditional methods of software development.

To answer the necessity of managing such kind of project the software industry came up with some new and radical approaches of managing software projects. Thus in the mid 90’s appear some of nowadays well known agile methodologies. Developed during the years, many times corrected from their disadvantages and finally defined theoretically in the beginning of the new century now these methodologies are used in a vast majority of the software projects.

Agile Software Methods vs. Bureaucracy
The agile methodologies are less bureacratic than the traditional approaches, where the documentation must be as detailed as possible.

The agile methodologies differ from the traditional methods by their high adaptivity, low level of bureaucracy and in the same time high level of communication. The client is often involved into the process of software development. His ability to give quick feedback on the team is something very typical to the agile methodologies.

The communication in the agile methods is encouraged to be face-to-face
Agile methods emphasize face-to-face communication over written documents. The client is often envolved into the process of software development.

Finally all these features of the agile methodologies helped the industry to manage projects that are highly dynamical.

In a series of posts I decided to share my knowledge about the agile methods beginning with this one. However to understand the necessity of the agile methodologies you need to understand first the characteristics of the traditional, or so called “engineering” approaches.

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