The agile software development work cycle

Agile software development is an IT project management method that involves taking a flexible step-by-step approach to implementing new information technology software.

As opposed to having a rigid pre-planned work flow in place outlining exact project specifications, time lines and techniques, agile development allows IT project managers to adjust and adapt the project based on the as-it-happens needs of the software and the usability demands of its users.

Despite the flexibility of this method, agile IT project management is not spontaneous or poorly thought through. Agile development is incremental. It involves taking a considered approach to each stage of the project and conducting research and careful planning before commencing work on that stage. However, while working on that project stage, the agile project manager allows for changes and new techniques to be introduced as and when they are needed. Once one stage of the project has been completed and okayed by the end-users of the product, the IT team can move on to the next stage of the project and the work flow cycle starts again.

What is the typical work cycle of an agile software development project?

The agile IT software development project will be broken down into small increments of between 1 – 4 weeks. Each stage requires planning and assessment of project goals. During these short iterations a cross-functional IT team works on all project tasks within that designated time frame.

Tasks to be completed within each project increment include:

  1. planning and organisation
  2. analysis of project requirements
  3. design and coding of IT systems
  4. implementation of IT processes
  5. unit testing and acceptance testing

Daysha Consulting provide agile project management services to businesses all over Ireland. They specialise in taking IT projects from conception through to completion in agile, flexible increments while working closely with project stakeholders (like business owners and their staff). The end result is a completed IT project that provides the end-user with IT software that completely meets their requirements.

For more advice on the agile software development process and how it would be managed by Daysha Consulting during your next IT project email info@dayshaconsulting.com

 

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