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Agile Software Development

Agile software development can be defined as comprehensive set of different software development processes, which have been chalked out on the basis of iterative development. In this, output and prior necessities are identified with the combined efforts of the team, which may be cross-functional. The term was introduced in the year 2001 on the sidelines of the Agile Manifesto.

The Agile method generally caters several aspects of a successful project. The method may integrate several phases such as periodical analysis and report making, an already dissected form of team work, focus on credibility and above all addressing the customers’ requirements and aspirations. The framework was chalked out keeping in view of the advent of latest management operations such as lean manufacturing, soft systems methodology, speech act theory (network of conversations approach), and Six Sigma.

History

The literal definition of the Agile software development was coined in the previous decade (mid-90’s) in a bid to counter so called “heavy-weight” methods such as waterfall model of development. According to experts, the waterfall method, the old method, was on slower side and did not consistent results. Also, it did not assist the software developers to work flawlessly. The advent of Agile software development coined another software developmental method also known as ‘lightweights methods”. Till the 2001, the Agile outshone every other method and ratified the term ‘agile methods’.  The prominence could also be assessed with the formation of The Agile Alliance, a non-commercial organization that works for promoting the Agile technique.

Finally, the official set of the development methodology, was released in an article authored by Edmonds. It is notable that the early Agile methodology included rum (1995), Crystal Clear, Extreme Programming (1996), Adaptive Software Development, Feature Driven Development, and Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) (1999), prompting release of full-fledged Agile Manifesto in 2001.

Agile Method: Fundamental

Agile as you already know that its an integral part of the generation of development processes not the only way to develop any software. Around the time of release of the Manifesto, 17 best developers held a joint interactive seminar at the Snowbird ski resort in Utah. The seminar underlined the measures to create softwares that work at break-neck speed and remains consistent, keeping requirements of the people. Here’s what the ratified Agile Manifesto, also considered the most accurate definition of the Agile developmental process, states:

    “We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value"

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.”
Besides several other fundamentals behind the Agile process, the customer-centric approach, consistency and quicker results are some of the main fundamentals.

Agile method has always been compared with other methodologies. Several experts back Agile while several contradict. However, over the years, Agile has emerged as one of the most soothing and result-oriented techniques to create customer-friendly techniques.

 
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