A lot of software development projects fail without developing a final product or code that can be used.
A 1995 study of over $37 billion USD worth of US Defense Department projects concluded that “46% of the systems so egregiously did not meet the real needs (although they met the specifications) that they were never successfully used, and another 20% required extensive rework” to be usable.
The main reason is not because of developers' skills but because of the complexity in developing a software the requires approaches and methodologies that must be modern, collaborative, risk-free and focused on success.
Agile software development describes a set of principles for software development that are based on team collaboration and self-organizing cross-functional teams
The Agile Manifesto includes the main principles of the Agile Development Methodology
The traditional software development has monolotic approach: everything starts from the software design and then the development should complete all the procedures before delivering. 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 (timeboxes) 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 delivered.
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Agile Software Development is an umbrella term for a set of methods and practices based on the values and principles expressed in the Agile Manifesto. Solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams utilizing the appropriate practices for their context.
Agile methodology proved over the time that your software development project will be developed faster and with less risk. Developing a software is a complex project and many of them unfortunately fail. Using Agile approach, through collaboration, interactive and iteractive development, continuous update your project has clearly more change of success.
No. Agile methodology is simply a different approach developing software. There are tools that support the methodology and the project management but this doesn't mean that it is more expensive. Actually the development cost can be even less expensive.
Agile software development methods support a broad range of the software development life cycle. All of them have in common the 13 principles of the Agile Manifesto and they are slighty different. Scrum, Extreme Programming, Rapid Application Development, Agile Unified Process are among the most common ones.
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