Agile is not just a software development methodology but a way of working that helps deliver business value faster, cheaper and with less risk. But not everyone is familiar enough with the values and facts about Agile, which created some misconceptions and false assumptions about agile methodologies. You might face some difficulties convincing people what Agile truly is, so here are some of the most common false assumptions about Agile methodologies.
Agile does not require planning: That’s absolutely false; Coordinating work so that it can finish within short sprints needs careful planning. Planning, tracking and providing estimates of how much work left, are all parts of Agile method
Agile is disorganized: continuous integration, automated builds and test driven development, all these are Agile engineering practices that create a very focused, transparent and efficient way of building a product.
Agile Projects are fast: you might be surprised why this is considered as a false assumption; well the thing is that it’s not that Agile is slow, but it’s not the speed that matters. It’s also certainly true that in Agile we are trying to deliver something sooner than a more traditional waterfall method. But in Agile there are few processes of developing, testing and feedback because what matters the most is the quality not the velocity.
Agile is easier for the Client: If your client is the type that gives you requirements and you don’t hear from them till the delivery, then Agile will definitely be hard for them. Because the client needs to be more heavily involved in developing requirements so the deliverables would be the right ones.
Agile cannot track progress: using daily Scrums and burn down charts makes you up to date with all progress and development. It is also simple to know quickly whether the system works by building it automatically and running automated tests against it.
No need for testing with Agile: testers carry out business-focused tests, non-functional tests such as performance and load testing, and put themselves in the mind of a user by doing manual tests.
Agile doesn’t require business analyst: as known, agile requires more involvement from the client’s side, because they provide business insights that help guide the development process