Here at FusionHit, we’re experts using agile software development, most of our projects implement agile/scrum as project management methodology.
Since it first came about in the early 2000s, the agile development method has established a reputation as an excellent way of ensuring that software stays fresh, up-to-date, and able to adapt to the changing needs of the business. It does this by focusing on teamwork, testing, and collaboration during the development process, rather than merely focusing attention on creating the product and testing it afterwards.
Some of the features we have adopted related to agile development include:
Frequent feedback and quick to adapt to changes
One uniting factor of all agile development processes is the focus on having a quick turnaround for feedback. This ensures that feedback is instantly acted upon, and prevents wasting time on carrying on with mistakes. One way in which this feedback is presented is through daily meetings, or ‘scrums’, during which every member of the development team is asked for an update on what they’re currently working on.
Focus on the importance of communication
With such frequent feedback, it’s essential that the development process is accompanied by an efficient communication system, both within the development team and with the company itself. For this reason, development teams appoint somebody to take the role of ‘customer representative’, to act on the behalf of the business itself. In addition, focus is placed upon the importance of face-to-face communication, such as that used in the daily scrums or stand-up meetings. Also we use Jira and other tools for effectively track projects progress on different tasks (To Do, In Process, Testing, Done…).
Focus on the importance of small, incremental phases
We recommend that the project is split into small phases, or ‘sprints‘, which can last anywhere between one week or two weeks, depending on the project. This allows the client to prioritize certain features of the software. This feature is then allocated to one of the earlier ‘sprints’ in order to ensure that it’s finished in good time.
Focus on proper leadership
With any scrum team, good leadership is crucial to ensure that each of the sprints achieves its stated goal, and that good communication is always maintained, to achieve that, we allocate a scrum master either on our side or client’s side and encourage the team to actively participate and take ownership of assigned tasks.