STARTING OUT OR TOWARDS A HIGHER LEVEL WITH AGILE
The market demands ever more and ever more complex solutions and wants to have them delivered more quickly. Companies have to adapt to these new, fast-changing needs if they want to remain a reliable partner. As result, Agile methods are gaining ground more quickly within product software development in order to gain control over this change. Are you curious to find out what Agile methods such as Scrum or Kanban mean and how you can deploy them for your development?
Larger organisations also embrace Agile and this means different challenges as regards smaller companies. How do you ensure that 20, 30 or perhaps 100+ software engineers work jointly on a single project or product. So-called scaled frameworks such as SAFe and LeSS are available for this purpose.
WHY CHOOSE AGILE?
Agile is mainstream where software development is concerned and the Agile way of working is becoming more frequent in the area of hardware development as well. Companies are discovering that the advantages of Agile really come into their own if the whole organisation works Agile from sales and marketing to testing and support. These are several examples of the major advantages of Agile:
- Agile makes it possible to respond effectively to changing circumstances.
- Stakeholders are closely involved during the entire development process.
- Your product can be put into operation following every increment, because every increment has to be a workable ‘product’. This means that value is delivered quickly to the customer. Agile provides stakeholders with direct feedback concerning the customer’s product appreciation so that they can indicate and implement adjustments or new wishes.
- Transparency as regards the progress during product development and performance of the development team.
- Incremental working involves minor adjustments of the product resulting in lower product risks so that the quality of the product can be maintained better.
Agile works on the basis of trust. This trust grows as a result of frequent and direct interaction between colleagues and with stakeholders. The teams that develop the product have the confidence and responsibility to determine how the solution requested is realised. This all results in Agile developers experiencing significant personal, job-related and professional growth within multidisciplinary teams.
Is you company already working Agile, but you are not yet gaining enough value from short-cycle deliveries? Does it take too long to place a product in a product environment? If so, it is time for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery in which this process is automated and monitored as much as possible.
Are you interested in working Agile or are you ready for a next Agile step? ALTEN offers a wide range of possibilities to support you, see our Agile services.