Description: An iterative approach for software development projects.

‘Agile software development describes a set of principles for software development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self–organizing cross–functional teams.’ — Kent Collier (2011)

‘Most agile development methods break product development work into small increments that minimize the amount of up–front planning and design. Iterations are short time frames (Sprints) that typically last from one to four weeks. Each iteration involves a cross–functional team working in all functions: planning, analysis, design, coding, unit testing, and acceptance testing. At the end of the iteration a working product is demonstrated to stakeholders. This minimizes overall risk and allows the product to adapt to changes quickly. An iteration might not add enough functionality to warrant a market release, but the goal is to have an available release (with minimal bugs) at the end of each iteration. Multiple iterations might be required to release a product or new features.’ — Kent Beck (1999)

Enrich your application development and maintenance practices with Agile principles.


Agile diagram from The Scrum Reference Card, by Michael James (MJ), Software Process Mentor

Benefits: Overall benefits to the Iterative approach for software development projects include:

  • Improved software delivery and quality, with high-value features first
  • Improved visibility of activities
  • Seamless alignment of tasks and activities
  • Improved tracking, resource utilization, and work estimation
  • Improved reporting across organizational entities (team, program, portfolio, executive)
  • Collaborative processes that are defined, consistent, and repeatable

In addition, leveraging Agile will result in Continuous Integration (CI), which requires developers to frequently integrate code into a shared repository. Each check-in is then verified by an automated build, allowing teams to detect problems early.

As a result of this iterative planning and feedback loop, teams are able to continuously align the delivered software with desired business needs, easily adapting to changing requirements throughout the process.

By delivering working, tested, deployable software on an incremental basis, agile development delivers increased value, visibility, and adaptability much earlier in the life cycle, significantly reducing project risk.

How Hararei Can Help: Leveraging the Agile framework, we help you navigate the complexities of your end–to–end transformational journey in a seamless fashion. Adopting roles and processes that are defined, consistent, and repeatable helps you to achieve step–rate improvements in agility, productivity, and quality, and positions your organization to support your business‘s digital transformation.

Hararei has a proven transformation approach for enriching your application development and maintenance practices with Agile principles. Whether starting or enhancing an Agile program, we will work with you to establish a roadmap for increasing Agile adoption, perform organizational and resource analysis, select appropriate tools, and ensure you are properly positioned to and capable of sustaining the initiative and making processes and tools evolve whenever needed.