What is Agile Methodology?
Agile is a modernly designed managing process that helps teams in dealing with the unpredictability in building a high-quality product, in other words, we can say that Agile is an incremental and iterative process, divided into phases, that readjusts easily to any change, and produces rapid and tangible results through the continuous improvement throughout the development cycle by collaborating efficiently and aligning the process with the company’s goals and customer’s needs.
We can break the previous paragraph down into the following:
- Agile is not a step-by-step guide that includes instructions to establish agility, but it is an approach that can be promoted through software that is designed especially for this purpose.
- Agile is an iterative process, meaning that it is done in phases (sprints), they are more like milestones to cut the whole process into small pieces to finish each one separately.
- Agile is about face-to-face conversations to cut the time spent on the excessive meetings, email chains, and other ways of convoluted communication methods.
- Agile produces tangible working results after each sprint as we said before, so you don’t have to wait too long to find satisfying results.
Agile is a mindset or approach that believes in no failure; it is about learning from lessons and adjusting the taken actions that target the desired product or outcome including continuing in the improvement path!
Agile History in brief words
In 2001, 17 Software Developers took the Software development by storm by drafting a new approach to managing software called Agile Manifesto that the word “Agile” came from, they outlined and summarized their values to four key ones that Agile Methodologies formally came from, these four values are
- Interactions and individuals are much important than processes and tools.
- Working software should be over comprehensive documentation.]
- The focus should be on customer collaboration instead of contract negotiation.
- The whole developing process should concentrate on responding to change over following a plan.
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