[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Agile methodologies are widely accepted all over the globe. Agile has made its place as an incremental, iterative, and adaptive process which facilitates the completion of the project. Software is now continuously integrated and developed using Agile methodologies. Agile considers the day-to-day activities as essential pointers for the progress of the project. While working on Agile we admire its four values:
- Interactions of the stakeholder with the process and tools used for the project.
- Importance to working software over comprehensive documentation.
- Customer collaboration and frequent interactions over contract negotiation.
- Flexible enough to respond over change than following a plan.
Practicing Agile methodology ensures we interact with clients at each step. Being an agile shop allows us to be proficient in,
- Satisfying customers through early and continuous software delivery.
- Responding to the changes in requirements during the development process
- The frequency of project delivery increases as the working software is given importance.
- Team collaboration becomes easy. Interaction between the business stakeholders and developers throughout the project is appreciated.
- Working with a motivated, trusted and supporting team is possible.
- Interactions via meetings, conferences, call and stand-ups are possible frequently.
- Progress is mainly measured with the working of software are per the requirements provided by our clients.
- Continuous development and integrations are possible.
- The nitty-gritty of technical details and designs are valued.
- Working with simple and self-organizing teams encourages great architectures, requirements, and designs
- Retrospectives and regular reflections are possible to embark on effective progress in the project.
At BundleN, agile methods make us count each working day. The frameworks provide by Agile are valued and improved to provide the tried and tested models to our clients. These methodologies make us focus and flexible on current requirements and tasks rather than having a rigid life cycle for the project
Agile with Scrum Process:
Scrum is a widely used framework that perfectly works with continuous integrations of Agile. By setting certain goals during the continuous integrations, it helps to quickly bring the latest requirements to finish line. Scrum divides the Agile process into ‘Sprints’. The ‘Sprints’ are of 2-4 weeks and allows finishing the allocated or decided requirements, have a retrospective on the process, success and failure stories.
Following the Scrum framework allows us to,
- Bring the visionary and experienced mindset along with the Scrum mentors together. This encourages communications and learning among the stakeholders.
- Deliver the flexible and incremental business value to the clients. Scrum is flexible enough in defining the requirements, any time during the process. It incorporates the unfinished tasks and backlogs (product increment) easily during its next ‘Sprint’ session.
- Be Adaptive, transparent and well planned before the next ‘Sprint’.
- Schedule the meetings, sessions, conferences, and stand-up at appropriate intervals during the process.
Our Absolute Guide for Daily Team Goals:
For the effective functioning of the Agile and Scrum process, we have enlisted our daily team goals. The team working on projects follows these during the process.
1. Setting SMART goals:
The SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) goal in Agile helps the team to set the goals for themselves. These self-defined goals establish the respect and acceptance of self. The challenges of the task and the doable and non-doable features are discussed. Agile allows working with peers and hence the SMART goals are defined by the responsible task owners.
2. Daily Standups:
Daily updates and stand-up are 10 minutes meetings before commencing the working day. It allows the team members to be clear of your tasks for the day. The blockages, challenges and the allocation of resources are discussed. Each team member is made responsible for his task. The issues and blockages discussed with peers during stand-up make it a productive day. These small meets make everyone aware of other tasks required for the project.
3. Quick feedback huddles:
Meeting with stakeholders and clients allows us to gain insight into our delivered features. The feedback or changes obtained from the last iteration is recorded and is shipped in the next or up-coming iteration. The back-logs of last iterations are also added and completed in the next iterations or ‘Sprint’.
4. Team Collaboration and Meetings:
Daily stand-up, weekly and fortnight meetings allow the team to be together. The client and stakeholder meet increases trust within the team. The team members are allowed to take ownership of the task the work on. Agile and Scrum help to boost the confidence of the team members by planned meets.
5. Shippable product:
Scrum allows us to ship the confident product after each increment. This occurs at the end of each Sprint.
6. Assessments and Retrospective:
Handling the tasks on time is important in Scrum and Agile development. Failure in handling tasks will result in more backlogs after each Sprint. Every Sprint is followed with an assessment of the work along with a retrospective. The assessment allows us to know the correctness of the product, whereas Retrospective analyzes the success, failures and future improvements.
Types of Agile Methodologies:
At BundleN, we incorporate other Agile methodologies that suit the product or asked by our clients.
LEAN is used to continuously “Build-Measure-Learn” that defines the process. Lean involves testing, measuring and validating the process. Planning and prioritizing allows us to focus on efforts on building values to the customer by reducing wastages.
This uses a ‘Kanban Board’ that defines the workflow and helps to visualize the progress of each task. The Kanban boards are provided digitally in many tools that can be shared and changed accordingly. Using these boards for each project, we can analyze the tasks, its progress and the time is taken by the tasks to move it along the workflow.
3. Extreme Programming:
Many times to increase the speed of the project, we follow extreme programming. Coding, testing listening, and designing are considered during iteration.
4. Test-Driven Development:
Test-Driven Development makes sure the test is written first followed by the functionality. The tests are designed before the development starts. Once the coding for the functionality is over, these tests check for appropriate output. These tests are then run each time after the integration or iterations. This maintains the integrity of the functionality.
5. Dynamic Systems Development method:
Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) is, used that is time-bound. The timeboxing and MoSCoW (Must have, Should have, Could have and won’t have) tasks allow us to prioritize the requirements.
6. Feature-driven development method (FDD):
FDD is good for large companies that allow top-down decision-making approach. The simple steps of feature-driven development method lead to rapid development by reducing documentation and faster programming techniques.
Using Agile methodologies we provide continuous integration and flexible approach during the development process. To meet your requirements on time, we combine Agile with other frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, LEAN, TDD, or extreme programming.
This article highlights our daily team goals that are designed for the success of the project. These goals keep our team on toes without pressurizing them on the tasks and workflow. Combining the Agile, Scrum and Kanban the designed process is the best fit for all the projects. Though we prefer the Scrum framework, we also consider our client’s choice of suggestion the best framework for their projects.