By: David Mastrella
Publish Date: Monday 4/13/2020
The Benefits of Agile Methodology
With more than 20 years in the software development business, Envative has embraced the advantages of using an agile methodology. I'd like to take a few moments to share several of them in case you're not sure of the best route for your project or what direction your development team should take. Here are several advantages that we've found:
Increased Efficiency and Value
The figures speak for themselves:
Teams using agile methodology are 25% more productive than their industry peers and 50% faster to market than non-agile units.
An agile approach makes it easier for everyone to focus on individual tasks. This is especially true when they’re working on larger projects.
Well, this methodology forces software development teams to agree on the tasks that are the most 'critical.'
Not only does this help you delegate work to the most qualified people, but it also gives each team member a clear sense of direction and priority. All the while, you're still encouraging your team to pull together to complete a common goal.
Unsurprisingly, this allows you and your team to be better organized. You'll be able to estimate your project planning and delivery times more accurately, thereby, increasing the likelihood of meeting your deadlines.
Not to mention, an agile approach is faster as there’s typically no long, drawn-out delivery cycle. This is especially important for enterprises working in fast-moving and ever-changing environments.
Teams that take an agile approach share their decision-making processes with their clients every step of the way. As a result of the team working so closely with the client, they (usually) better understand their business priorities. Of course, you don't need me to tell you that better and more effective client communication leads to a rise in customer satisfaction, which should always be the ultimate goal.
Agile software development is repetitive, i.e., it’s tested again and again before you deliver the features. Then when features are eventually ready, they're delivered incrementally.
This allows clients to see the benefits of your work for themselves while their project is still in development. Consequently, clients have a say in what you're doing, each stage of the development process. We consistently get high marks from our clients as we keep them engaged every step of the way. Our process typically includes releasing increments of code and reviewing them with clients every two weeks. This allows them to provide us with input throughout the development stage.
We're talking about money here.
An agile approach to software development ensures your project has a start time and an end date. This makes it much easier for both you and your clients to predict project expenses.
This perk is further highlighted when you compare agile methodology with the never-ending or organic style of working. If you're familiar with the industry, you'll know these more traditional methods often result in wild overspending.
As we've already said, agile methodologies lend themselves to better client communication. With this approach, clients aren't kept in the dark about the cost of each aspect of the project.
It adds to your transparency, which ensures there are no nasty surprises for your clients. This works wonders for building trust and rapport with your customers.
After all, the majority of companies want to know the cost of projects from the get-go. That, as well as the financial return they’ll receive.
This is where an agile approach comes into its own, as it makes it easy to report on budget status as each set of software features is released. This provides a reassuring benefit for clients that costs will be kept in check throughout the project.
A Higher Quality in Performance
As already mentioned, agile methodologies involve breaking software development tasks into bite-sized units.
This empowers your development team to focus on specific tasks. Needless to say, this should help developers to produce higher-quality work. It also makes it easier to test and review their work, through what are called regularly scheduled sprint reviews.
From there, you can receive client feedback, allowing potential problems to be identified sooner. So, in theory, you should never get to the end of a big project and have to completely overhaul your work (thereby blowing the client's budget and timeline out of the water).
A Boost in Flexibility
Of course, delivering a project 'as-requested' and to all agreed deadlines is essential. But, when you take an agile approach, there's some space for wiggle room.
By this, we mean, because you’re constantly testing, reviewing, and tweaking the product, there’s space for flexibility with each aspect of the work.
So, if you think modifications to the initial brief need making, or that you'll need longer to complete the project, you can consult the client and get their opinion. Likewise, as the client begins to see their project come to life, they may think of an important "add-on" that they'd like for you to include. Although it may impact the timeline, it's usually less expensive to add a feature in during the development process than it is to wait until after project completion.
This is a far more flexible approach than the traditional software development process.
Ready to Start Using Agile Methodology?
In summary, using an agile framework increases the chances of your team, producing a higher-quality project that's in-line with your client's vision. The benefits of agile methodology for software development for your business are not to be underestimated. It’s a robust approach that benefits both clients and developers alike.
If you have a project you want to discuss with us, be it the benefits of agile methodology or anything else, contact us.
Or why not give us a call on (585) 327-5640? We’re here to help and happy to chat through any projects or advice you may need. Speak soon!