This article aims to discuss the topic “Are Agile Methods now no more than a fashion that has become out-of-date?". A brief discussion of an overview of agile methods is provided in this report. A brief discussion of the advantages and the disadvantages of agile methods is provided in this report. A discussion of the current popularity of agile methods is provided in this report.
The method of agile software development is the approach for development of software in which the solutions and the requirements grows with the connected effort of the teams that are cross-functional and are self-organising and the customers (Fitzgerald et al. 2013). This development method governs the evolutionary development, continual improvement, early delivery, and adaptive planning and it also encourages the response to change that is swift and flexible.
The method of agile software development is widely used in the present times. The popularity of the agile methods is due to the following advantages that are provided by the agile methods:
- Useful software is used for providing satisfaction to the customers by the delivery that is rapid and continuous
- Regular and constant interaction among the developers and the people of business
- Often, the delivery of working software is done
- Constant adaption to the changes in circumstances
- Regular detailing of the good design and technical excellence
- The communication that is done personally is the best kind of communication
- The changes in the requirements of the customers that appear significantly late is accepted and the changes are made
Some of the disadvantages of the agile methods are:
- Lacks in the importance of documentation and designing
- In the situations of any deliverables of software, specifically in the large ones, there is a difficulty in the assessment of the effort that is required in the beginning stage of the life cycle of software development
- The decision making capability resides in the possession of the senior programmers, which is essential in the development process of software (Gandomani et al. 2013). This eliminates the opportunities of the new programmers to learn new things without the use of experienced resources
The method of agile software development is done for software development where the solutions and the requirements grows. The agile methods is the most popular software development tool that is preferred over the other tools of software development (Campanelli and Parreiras 2015). The use of agile methods is still not outdated because the agile methods offers several opportunities for team engagement and the stakeholders-during, end and before of each phase of software development. With the involvement of the clients in all the steps of development process of software, it provides collaboration among the project team and the client that can be comprehensive. This collaboration among the team and the client provides an increase in the opportunities for the team in understanding the vision of the client (Dick et al. 2013). This method also provides a greater transparency among the project team and the clients. The importance of transparency in the projects is because this delivers the prioritisation of the features for the planning of iteration and the review of sessions for frequently building software that needs to contain new features. With the utilisation of the method of agile software development, the delivery of the new features is done frequently and quickly, with increased level of predictability. This method also offers the opportunity of releasing the software or perform a beta-testing of the software (Kaisti et al. 2013). The agile methods has a feature of allowing for changes in the projects. Even though the project team needs to deliver a project in the allocated time frame, sometimes there is a situation of regular refining and the reprioritisation of the backlog of the complete product. The planning of the new or the altered items of backlog can be done for next iteration, which leads to the chance of introducing changes in a few weeks (Grimheden 2013). In this method of software development, the primary focus is on the business value that means it allows the client to regulate the features priority and it increases the understanding of the team regarding the business of the client and it can help in delivering the features that offers the highest value of business (Dingsøyr and Moe 2013). The methods of agile generally uses the stories of the user with the acceptance criteria for defining the features of products that are focussed on the business. With the focus on the actual requirements of the real users, value is incrementally delivered by each feature and not just the component of IT. This also offers the opportunity of beta testing each software after every sprint, gaining the valuable feedback in early stages of the project and it provides the ability of making alterations whenever needed (Abrahamsson et al. 2017). The agile methods provides the opportunity of improving the quality of improving the quality of projects as these projects are segregated into manageable units that leads to the focussing on the high quality development, collaboration and testing.
The method of agile is a comprehensive tool to develop software and not only provide benefits to the team of development, but it also offers a number of crucial benefits of business to the client (Cervone 2014). This method helps the project teams in dealing with several common pitfalls of the project like cost, scope creep and the predictability of the schedule in increased controlled manner (Rodríguez et al. 2014). These are reason why the method of agile is most popular method of software development and it has not been outdated in the present times.
Therefore, it can be concluded that the agile method of software development is not outdated and it offers several benefits to the project teams and the clients. The method of agile software development is the approach for development of software in which the solutions and the requirements grows with the connected effort of the teams that are cross-functional and are self-organising and the customers. The agile methods is the most popular software development tool that is preferred over the other tools of software development. The use of agile methods is still not outdated because the agile methods offers several opportunities for team engagement and the stakeholders-during, end and before of each phase of software development. In this method of software development, the primary focus is on the business value that means it allows the client to regulate the features priority and it increases the understanding of the team regarding the business of the client and it can help in delivering the features that offers the highest value of business.
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