Agile software development provides flexibility and specificity of design
Providing comprehensive and effective IT project management consultancy is no small task. There are an enormous number of variables to account for no matter how large or small a project is.
That is why it is important to have in place a comprehensive and effective software development method. One such method employed by Daysha Consulting is the Agile software development method. To understand the benefits of Agile software development it is helpful to compare it to methods used in other industries.
Historically, project management in other industries took the view that a plan should be formulated in advance and adhered to until the project was finished. This worked most of the time in large scale building or infrastructural projects. Very often the benefit of late stage project changes would be outweighed by the cost of reconfiguring a large scale manufacturing or construction process that has already been established. In such industries it is better to plough on regardless of changes in requirements or novel construction techniques.
In many ways this continues to be the case for industrial project management albeit with hundreds of years of experience to base initial plans on. This method works because the functionality of the finished product of a manufacturing or construction project is not affected much by the process that brought it about. An office building will still operate as an office building even if newer construction techniques were not implemented in its building or additional design requirements were not taken into account.
Software project development has had to grow from historical project management methods in a very short time. While software development shares many analogues with manufacturing and construction, in as much as it is structured and components build on preceding components, the differences are critical. Agile software development takes into account these differences through an iterative and incremental approach.
Unlike construction, finalised software can have very different functionality depending on how it has been constructed. The expense of adjusting a project midway to incorporate new techniques, design requirements or compatibilities is relatively small compared to manufacturing or construction processes.
IT project management methods that take advantage of the unique nature of software development processes are more successful because