To keep pace with the ever evolving business environment of today, companies have to adapt to the changing market conditions. In order to remain competitive, companies that build software turn towards agile development practices. The advantages to organizations of going Agile are humongous. Here’s a list of 5 reasons that prove why Agile is the best fit for the organizations of today.
Priorities of projects change
Agile organizations face no issues in adapting their project portfolios to the changing priorities of business. Agile projects deliver working software on a regular schedule which is generally biweekly or weekly. The features delivered within different iterations are determined by the business that prioritizes them according to the values of their features. These practices diminish the risk of shifting resources away from an Agile project. As there is hardly any half done work at any stage, the work that is completed is of high value and the state of the project is always clear.
Responding to customer requirements is crucial
The most crucial lessons about your software will come from your customers. The teams of Agile get software into their hands quickly by only building just sufficient software to receive valuable features. The YAGNI principle that stands for ‘You Ain’t Gonna Need It’ acts as a reminder to avoid over architecting or over thinking. As the teams of Agile are experienced at delivering software on a regular basis, the business can respond and deliver better quality software depending on the feedback of customers.
Your ‘key’ player may no longer be present tomorrow
With time, the teams may change and the employees may quit. As new hires come in, employees may move between projects within an organization. As compared to the non Agile teams, Agile teams can handle the changes to the team much more easily. A key practice of multiple Agile teams is Pair programming in which developers work together at one computer. Pairing helps in effectively and quickly distributing knowledge and know-how across different team members. Collective Code Ownership is also practiced by Agile teams where no single person possesses special rights to a specific part of the software. All this implies that losing a critical member of a team is much less a risk for an Agile project.
Product owners have to focus on the market and the customer
The delivery details may pressurize various product owners. Agile teams work hard to be ‘self organized. The entire team is responsible for analyzing who works on what and for reporting progress. The teams of Agile are also responsible for maintaining a rich level of quality and ensuring that everything that goes out is actually operational. This implies that the owners of Agile product focus on their market and customers.
Remain competitive by analyzing trouble spots
Every process and organization faces problems. In order to stay competitive, it is vital to find these problems and fix them. A central feature of Agile development is detecting and removing issues in the development process. The teams of Agile reflect on their work after each iteration. They shortlist problems that slow them down or make the process of delivery unreliable. Owing to the short delivery cycles, new problems can be detected quickly before they begin to threaten the organization.