On February 11-13, 2001 seventeen people met at The Lodge at Snowbird in Utah's Wasatch Mountains. The goal was to talk, ski, relax, and of course, eat. There was another goal that the outcome has had significant implications on the procedure of software development.
These seventeen people were experts and professionals who established the Agile Manifesto for 'Software Development.'
So what is Agile?
Agile software development is a broad term for a set of iterative development methods in which teams from different areas work together to come up with requirements and solutions. Agile methods or processes propose a leadership philosophy that encourages teamwork, self-organization, and accountability; a set of engineering best practices that are meant to speed up the delivery of high-quality software; and a business approach that aligns development with customer needs and company goals.
Agile methodology proposes 12 principles that lead to the smoothness and flexibility of project development, which finally results in the satisfaction and value of the clients and the company.
Here are the proposed principles:
- Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through the early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
- Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.
- Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference for a shorter timescale.
- Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
- Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
- The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
- Working software is the primary measure of progress.
- Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
- Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
- Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
- The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
- The team regularly reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
How we use agile at TatbiqIT company
Agile methodology divides the project into manageable parts called Epics. The developers begin working on a single epic in a time frame known as a Sprint. Completing a version of that epic in 2 weeks is a critical element of the sprints. In this way, the customer participates in the development process, and the agile methodology allows for more flexibility in the workflow.
Once we meet the client's satisfaction, the epic is complete, and work can begin on the next epic.
We, the TatbiqIT team, divide the project into several phases in order to address the changing requirements. The phases are prioritized based on the client's needs and preferences. Also, the client has full access to all project documentation, and all processes are being completed on schedule.
Based on their testimonies, using this Agile methodology in projects is advantageous for the client and the company.
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Lawazm is one of our projects developed through Agile methodology, you may visit its website or test the iOS & Android versions of the Lawazm app. The mobile apps are developed using Flutter so the user experience is exactly the same on two platforms.
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