Agile Software Development – An Overview

In agile software development, solutions provided to the clients evolve by organizing cross functional teams. This provides a conceptual framework that allows changes with time in entire course of software development cycle.

Agile software development also promotes a step by step approach of development that includes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery. This software development technique is very rapid and flexible that allows changes to the product at each step of development.

In Agile software development, the planning for product development is not for long term but the entire project is divided into several small iterations with minimal planning for each of the iteration. Each iteration is a period of one to four weeks that consist of all major phases such as requirement analysis, designing, coding and testing, which involves entire development team in it. This type of division of development into time frames increases the adaptability of the software development cycle to changes by minimizing the risk factor too. The entire software can't be released after first one or two iterations in the market but it allows minimization of bugs involved in the developed product. To release a software or inclusion of new features, multiple iterations may be required. In agile software development mainly a cross functional team is required, as it's the responsibility of the team members to include the required functionality in each step.

In development of software by agile software development, developers follow complete software development life cycle which help in reducing risks involved in the process of development. The time duration for the completion of the software is also drastically decreased by the use of agile approach. In agile software development, face to face communication is done instead of written document communication with the developers, such communications help in complete understanding of every step. Agile software development is different from traditional development methods in a way that it doesn't follow co-operate hierarchy but is cross functional and self-organized. Traditional software development team comprise of experienced developers and experts and are much flexible according to situations while on the other hand agile technology are more managed and controlled.

There are many benefits of using agile software development technology like the project can be made cost effective, reduction in project risk, increase in project visibility. High quality software is developed by the use of agile approach as it provides track and review options for the project during entire development life cycle. Agile software development approach is very famous among big software developing companies as it allows them to build high quality software in very limited period.

Now a days agile software development has become more famous than traditional software development approach and is employed globally by numerous software development companies. This technology is basically used in projects where lots of changes may be required during the course of development or many revisions are there.


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