USING AGILE METHODOLOGY FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Posted By Steve Ngoumnai on October 10, 2016

Agile Development has become a standard for software engineering firms. Its incremental approach provides an ideal environment for both the development of corporate software and the provision of specific user software demands.

One of the fundamental ideas of agile development and one that Hadron S.A often leverages is the assumption that requirements, tasks and priorities may change at any point during the development cycle.

This principle allows for breaking down the development of key software functions, resolving specific tasks stage by stage and receiving immediate result from system development before the project is completely finished. One of the key methods applied by Hadron S.A within agile development is dividing the project into modules. Each of these stages represents the realization of specific components. Specific budget and timeframe are defined separately for each of these stages. The project owner along with the scrum master then work together to set priorities. This flexible approach of allocating targets used by Hadron S.A allows changing priorities during the development process without shifting key focuses or changing the development patterns.

Agile Methodology

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In the Scrum method of agile software development, work is confined to a regular, repeatable work cadence, known as a scrum sprint or iteration. In by-the-book Scrum, a sprint could last up to 30 days, but many teams prefer shorter work cycles, such as one-week, two-weeks, or three-week sprints. How long each sprint actually is should be left to the discretion of a Scrum team, who must consider the advantages or disadvantages of a longer or shorter sprint for their specific development environment. The important thing is that a scrum sprint is a consistent, repeatable duration. During each scrum sprint, the team at Hadron S.A works to create a shippable product - even in the first sprint.

Agile development vs. waterfall model

 

 

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Waterfall methodology, unlike Agile is a sequential design process. Usually divided into eight stages; conception, initiation, analysis, design, construction, testing, implementation and maintenance, completing one stage makes it impossible to restart or even work on a previously completed stage. The main disadvantage with waterfall methodology is that there is little to no room for change or error. This stipulates that an extensive plan must be set in the beginning and then followed meticulously. Waterfall methods are often suited for projects where a high level of business involvement is not needed.

Hadron S.A fully understands the complexity of your software development needs and the fact that your you may change your mind long after completion of your specification document. For this reason, we work in the most agile and collaborative manner and leverage tools such as Jira, confluence and more to guarantee a successful launch of your product. On rare occasions we will adopt a waterfall model to suit your requirements.

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