Accelerating Outcomes with Agile Methodology
The Agile software development methodology is one of the simplest and most effective processes to turn a vision for a business need into software solutions. It verifies every element, as well as – time, technology, resources, budget, and security features.
Agile methodology helps teams at Phoenix Code Labs to work in a streamlined process by iteratively setting pre-defined goals in collaboration with the client. Flexibility, efficiency, and collaboration make this a completely transparent process.
Agile Working Process at Phoenix Code Labs
1. Requirements Gathering
The primary user problems that can be sorted out are prioritized by the scrum masters, product owners, and the team of designers, developers, and testers.
Scrums and frequent meetings are arranged to ensure regular and meaningful brainstorming sessions.
If the product is seeking to propose an Avant-grade solution, a PoC (Proof of concept) is developed to verify the idea’s practicality and the related technology.
The designers and developers work collaboratively to develop the software architecture and the corresponding UI and UX for the product.
Prototypes are also developed at this stage for clients and stakeholders to approve.
The dedicated teams work according to the developed software architecture and create user stories in time-boxed sprints. They collaborate with the testing team at the end of every sprint to identify and fix issues.
The Testing team members jump in at the end of every sprint cycle to identify the bugs and flaws. The agile testing team performs tests and reports the bugs back to the developers. The developers then plan and fix the issues in the following sprints.
This stage of Agile Development involves launching the completed user stories in the market. This starts with the launching of MVPs, i.e, the basic versions and the following user stories and launches follow as the initial feedback flows in.
This stage involves maintaining the product to accommodate newer changes, features, bugs and flaws in fixtures. This methodology promotes following the product mindset over the project mindset for maintenance, i.e, preference is given to managing the product throughout its lifetime.
Key Components of Agile Project Management
A user story is a high-level definition of a work request. It keeps just enough information so the team can make a reasonable estimate of the effort required to accomplish the request.
Sprints are short iterations, usually between one to three weeks to complete, where our teams work on tasks decided in the sprint planning meeting. As we move forward, the idea is to continuously repeat these sprints until the product is feature ready. Once the sprint is over, we review the product, see what is and isn’t working, make adjustments, and begin another sprint to improve the product or service.
Stand-up meetings (under 10 minutes), also known as “daily Scrum meetings,” are a great way to ensure everyone is on track and informed. These daily interactions are known as “stand up” because the participants are required to stay standing, helping to keep the meetings short and to the point.
An Agile board helps the team track the progress of the project. This can be a whiteboard with sticky notes, a simple Kanban board, or a function within our project management software.
As project requests are added through the intake system, they become outstanding stories in the backlog. During Agile planning sessions, our team will estimate story points for each task. During sprint planning, stories in the backlog are moved into the sprint to be completed during the iteration.
The Lean Software Development Way
Lean software development (LSD) is an agile framework. It helps to optimise the use of time and resources. This removes waste and delivers the product in its most vital form.
The Lean approach which is also called the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) strategy, involves releasing a bare-minimum version of a product in the market, learning user preferences, likes, and dislikes, and then carrying out iterations based on feedback that eliminates extensive pre-planned specifications.
Lean development focuses on reducing the 7 wastes in the manufacturing process, each aiming to quicken delivery and bring higher value to the end-user:
1. Eliminating Waste
2. Building Quality In
3. Amplifying Knowledge
4. Delaying Commitment
5. Delivering Fast
6. Respecting People
7. Optimising The Whole Thing
The DTAP Test Strategy
In this quality system, there are four primary systems that we have to set up in isolation. These four systems all relate to the same application, which is therefore installed four times. We describe the systems with the acronym DTAP – being the Development, Test, Acceptance and Production environment. Together they form a quality system and support a frequently used and proven test strategy –
- The program or component is developed on a Development system. This Development environment might have no testing capabilities.
- Once the developer thinks it is ready, the product is copied to a Test environment, to verify it works as expected. This test environment is supposedly standardised and in close alignment with the target environment.
- If the test is successful, the product is copied to an Acceptance test environment. During the Acceptance test, the customer will test the product in this environment to verify whether it meets their expectations.
- If the customer accepts the product, it is deployed to the Production environment, making it available to all users of the system.
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Benefits of Agile Methodology
1. Improved Control
Work is assigned among individual teams and that allows for more control, regular interactions and clear communication.
2. Customer Satisfaction
As it is iterative, there is continuous improvement and deliverability. which helps them make changes along the way and deliver an even better product than expected.
3. Increased Flexibility
In Agile methodology, flexibility is key, which follows the core value ‘Responding to change over following a plan. This helps bring out superior quality products.
4. Quality Product
One of the major advantages of this methodology is constant testing to find problems and come up with quick solutions. The flexibility allows continuous improvement in the product.
5. Better Productivity
As the work is assigned to teams and there are continuous discussions around it. The incremental nature allows quicker results. This results in increased and better productivity.
6. High ROI
Using tools like Lean, Scrum and Kanban in Agile software development helps enterprises anticipate changes and come up with solutions. This means quicker benefits and higher returns.
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