Wells, D. (2009). Agile Software Development: A gentle introduction. In Agile Process. Retrieved April 20, 2014, from http://www.agile-process.org.
Agile project management is an iterative approach to the planning and monitoring of project processes. Agile projects are conducted in smaller tranches called iterations with each of these iterations closely reviewed and critiqued by the project team (employees, representatives of the clients etc.). The knowledge gained from this process is then used to ascertain the next steps of the
The first step in getting this failing project back on track has already been carried out i.e. determining areas where it started getting off track. The determination of reasons and areas the project started getting off track is crucial to understanding it and solving it eventually. In this case, the determination phase has contributed to the identification of three reasons or areas that will be addressed separately. The traditional waterfall methodology seems to be unsuitable for this project because of difficulties in complete specification and documentation of the end-product (Symonds, 2013). Since the agile approach may not be perfectly fit for this project, the issue will be addressed by adopting a combination of the two methodologies. The combination of these methodologies is fueled by the fact that projects, especially multimillion-dollar ones, need control and flexibility that is offered by the combination. One of the major challenges brought by the traditional waterfall technology in the implementation of this project is the seeming lack of control and flexibility in the process. The use of a combination of the two methodologies would enable the project team to have control and flexibility during implementation and avoid the disadvantages of each of these methodologies.
On the other hand, agile methodology is considered as an alternative to traditional project management, especially in software development projects. Teams in agile methodology are cross functional, self-organizing and managing, and they work through incremental, iterative time frames called sprint in order to deliver products faster than those that used traditional practices. In addition, according to the IBM definition “ Agile is a methodology that reduces development cost and risk, improves quality and enhances your customers’ satisfaction by better meeting their needs and expectations” (IBM.com) . Thus, agile teams and the PMO share the same objectives of producing valuable products or services and leading the organization projects to be the successful.
Retrospect & Adapt - Scrum is a flexible Agile development method that needs constant improvement and tweaking. Thus, Scrum can be termed as an iterative, incremental and flexible software development framework.
The Lean startup methodology was used for this study.Software process models are getting changed constantly; this is with a belief that well defined process models always help to get the success of any company. (Ries, n.d.) Lean Startup provides a scientific approach to creating and managing startups and gets a desired product to customers' hands faster. There are multiple methodologies which were in software development for last several years. Waterfall, Agile development methodology are considered two important methodologies.Lean and Agile share many of the same principles and many agile principles are borrowed from Lean thinking (Chan, July 25, 2013).Lean startup (Rouse, 2013) is an approach to business development that is based on the principles of lean production, a manufacturing methodology that values a business' ability to change quickly.
Stoica, M., Mircea, M., & Ghilic-Micu, B. (2013). Software Development: Agile vs. Traditional. Informatica Economica, 17(4), 64-76. doi:10.12948/issn14531305/17.4.2013.06
Today I would like to provide you with a full overview of Scrum-based and Plan-based software engineering development strategies. I will explain and identify how scrum and plan-based strategies are used. I will also identify the challenges aspects of software development project under both approaches, along with describing on how to address such challenges to ensure a successful outcome. As your project manager, I will need to decide whether to utilize the scrum approach to project management or to use a more conventional approach, plan-based. So let us get a clear understanding on both approaches and determine the cost and challenges that comes along with implementing them.
Since the development of agile software engineering in mid 1990’s agile method has travel a long way down the road. Currently a wide range of organization claims to be agile or interested in adopting agile methods (Laanti, Salo & Abrahamsson, 2011). Agile method is an “umbrella” term for several iterative and incremental software development methodologies (Visionone.com, 2014). Agile approaches are generally used in software development to assist businesses respond to unpredictability. The most widely used agile methodologies are Extreme Programming (XP) and Scrum. (agilemethodology.org, 2014). Adoption of Agile methods proven to challenging task (Laanti, Salo & Abrahamsson, 2011) due to various reasons such as Cultural issues, resistance to change, poor communication and unavailability of the people with right skills. (optimation.co.nz, 2014). Companies tend to adapt agile methods while they have these barricades on their way. When practicing agile method in the company, company will experience numerous disadvantages regarding agile methods. The main reason for this issue is most agile adapters don’t have a complete idea about what agile method is and how wide it applies. Therefore managing these disadvantages will also become vital to the organization. (178)
During the past fifty years, some new software development approaches were introduced according to software development companies. Most of software companies try to produce valuable software in short time period with minimal costs and changing environments. Agile is one of them which are use in software development companies. This paper presents a review of agile methodology and describes the differences between them and when we use them.
Schrodl, Holger and Wind, Stefan, "Adoption of SCRUM for Software Development Projects: An Exploratory Case Study from the ICT Industry" (2011). AMCIS 2011 Proceedings - All Submissions. Paper 256.
Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, a time-boxed iterative approach, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change.