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We have all heard of Agile methodology in software development. Everyone talks about approaches like Scrum and Kanban, but what are their benefits when putting together a development project? Agile is a bunch of different work methods to guide software development, which focuses on achieving better results, in less time and at a lower cost. Each methodology has its own goals and focus, but they all have one thing in common: they involve repeating short iterations over short cycles.

 

Exploring the history of Waterfall and Agile

Until the 2000s, the king work model among programmers was the so-called Waterfall. This is a sequential methodological approach that rigorously orders the stages of the software development process. In this way, the start of each stage must wait for the completion of the previous one. In a waterfall approach, at the end of each stage, the team reviews to determine if the project is ready to move on to the next one.

waterfall method: the days before agile methodology in software development

Illustration by Adobe Experience Cloud

 

This work methodology was efficient in its time and showed quite optimal results. But its reign ended with the arrival of a new mentality that proved to be younger, faster, and oriented to quick results…

In February 2001, a group of software development professionals met in Utah and wrote a memo titled the “Agile Software Development Manifesto”. It listed the key principles that were to be followed to create a successful software system. The Agile Manifesto became synonymous with the methodology, and it’s an often-quoted guide to this day.

Agile methodology in software development - agile manifesto

Illustration by Olga Heismann

 

Agile methodology in software development refers to methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve according to the needs of the project.

Teams are essential for the development of projects. In Agile, the work is carried out through the collaboration of self-organized and multidisciplinary teams, immersed in a shared short-term decision-making process. In addition, the teams are constantly fed with feedback from the client or user, which means that the final result already has different instances of approval.

 

Waterfall or Agile?

Software developers who want to make their projects more predictable and successful structure their work on Agile methodologies. By implementing Agile methodologies, you’ll be in a better position to handle the challenges that you are certain to face during the life of your development project.

But there’s no single right choice; some teams may want to be Agile, some may use waterfall, some may even use waterfall with Agile in between. Methods like Agile and waterfall are mere tools, not sacred beliefs. Each company should adapt the workflow according to the particular needs of the client and the project. 

Regardless of the selected framework, a methodical approach is essential to carry out orderly, efficient, and effective work.

 

Huenei’s Approach

At Huenei we structure our work in an environment of Agile methodology in software development. Regardless of the one, we select to work with a particular client, the use of these work approaches allows us to enhance our operations and improve the final result.

We propose to satisfy the client’s needs through the early and continuous delivery of value. This work dynamic helps manage changing requirements, thus providing a predictable service that is in the best interest of the client. From our experience, we’ve realized that it is key to provide a mechanism for the client to be able to get involved and provide feedback, which is an integral part of our process, as it helps us to improve the final product.

Our proposal focuses on two pillars, which are our basis to analyze and manage the service in its entirety, proactively identifying and managing any failed elements that could affect the performance or continuity of the service:

  • Methodological pillar. We develop the implementation of Agile in managed work teams, tools, methodologies, indicators, and roles, focusing on delivering value to our clients.
  • Organizational Pillar. We explain how we will organize the service and what aspects will be managed from the early stages to ensure high levels of performance.

In the context of an Agile managed service, we propose two methods of working that can coexist along the service life cycle: Agile Scrum and Agile Kanban. In either case, we can work with our client on the joint implementation of the Agile work methodology, since providing a framework to the team involved is an essential element in maximizing productivity and setting objective goals against which we can measure our performance.

Agile methodology in software development - scrum and kanban

 

In conclusion, the importance of a specific software development methodology lies in its ability to support the software development process and to guide the team to deliver a software system that meets all the requirements. Processes such as those carried out by the Huenei development teams are essential for the correct development of the projects. In other words, one cannot ensure an excellent final product if the development process is not guided by a framework.

The famous war of Waterfall vs. Agile continues to resonate with programmers. However, at Huenei we are promoters of Agile methodologies since they have shown, from our experience, excellent results for our teams and our clients.