What is Agile?
In the fast-paced world of technology and software development, speed and quality are everything. Today, businesses are constantly looking for ways to deliver new products more efficiently to keep up with competitors in rapidly evolving markets. Enter Agile.
Agile methodology is an iterative process that gives teams the power to deliver high value to their customers without the cumbersome elements of a full-blown launch. Rather than waiting months or years to deliver a full suite of software products, for example, an agile team delivers work in smaller chunks. This enables teams to collaborate closely with their customers to evaluate a product plan and strategy in real time making adjustments as needs shift.
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What do you do as an expert when the systems that dominate your industry are slowing down innovation? Well, naturally, you get together with other like-minded experts and write a manifesto. In 2001, a group of 17 software engineers did just that. They wrote the Agile manifesto.
The core of the Agile methodology comes down to these four values:
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
The benefits of Agile for product development are clear. End users get a superior product with a significantly reduced go-to market timeline. Customers also get to be closer to the development process, which reduces risks both for the customer and for the development team. All of this leads to higher customer satisfaction and increased team morale.
In addition, Agile product management results in increased flexibility and better control. Rather than keeping the development phase and the implementation phase separate, Agile ensures progress by monitoring metrics throughout the process.