6 Stages of the Agile Development Lifecycle

What Is Agile Methodology?

  • Interactions and individuals above tools and processes
  • Customer collaborations above negotiation of contract
  • Working software above comprehensive documentation
  • Responding to changes above following a plan
  • Kanban: A project management approach where physical representations (usually on whiteboards, online apps, or sticky notes) of tasks are created by team members. Tasks move from predetermined phases to track progress and detect barriers.
  • Scrum: A methodology to manage projects where Scrum master led small teams and clears common roadblocks to complete tasks. Work is done in sprints (small cycles) and the team meets regularly to discuss task progress and identify obstacles.
  • Adaptive Project Framework (APF): APF is the project management methodology where teams work in stages and analyze each one.
  • Extreme Project Management (XPM): In the XPM methodology, the plan, budget, and deliverables can be modified according to the changing needs no matter how much work has been done on the project.

What is Sprint in Agile Development?

Benefits of Agile Methodology

  • Better Control
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Better Project Predictability
  • Reduced Risks
  • Product Quality
  • Customer Satisfaction

12 Agile Software Development Principles

  • Continuous and early delivery of valuable software ensures customer satisfaction.
  • Even at late stages of development, changes in requirements are welcome.
  • Frequent delivery of working software (within weeks then months)
  • Regular, close coordination between the development team and stakeholders.
  • Developing projects around motivated and trusted people
  • The best communication form for a co-location team is a face-to-face meeting.
  • The software’s operation is used to gauge progress.
  • Development should be sustainable and maintain a constant pace.
  • Regular focus on technical excellence and design to improve agility.
  • Simplicity — The art of increasing the volume of incomplete work is important
  • Self-organizing teams help in acquiring the best designs and architectures to fulfill requirements.
  • Agile teams should reflect on becoming more effective while adjusting accordingly at a regular interval.

Agile Development Lifecycle

1. Concept

2. Inception or Requirement Identification

3. Iteration or Development

  • The association of the team with clients.
  • Iterations and functionalities are prioritized and implemented.
  • Each sprint/iteration should be closely examined and developed.
  • Delivering regular working software releases.
  • Ensuring product quality by testing at regular intervals.

4. Release

5. Maintenance

6. Retirement

The Workflow of Agile Iteration

  1. Planning requirements
  2. Developing product
  3. Testing software
  4. Delivering iteration
  5. Incorporating feedback

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