Our tryst with Agile Software Development

VTSPL always believes in delivering software to customers which is reliable and sustainable. The product should be conforming precisely to customer requirements. Requirements are the crucial prerequisite for software development. Gone are the days when businesses use to work in traditional setup. They had a clear idea regarding scope of their work, geography and target group. Due to solid disruption caused by startups and mid level businesses in market, the market dynamics have changed for good.

But the vital question still remains how to develop software when requirements of customer are inadequate and imprecise?

What if we have uncertain and fuzzy requirements! We could still start development with it. Here the Agile Software Development comes into picture. Agile software development describes a set of principles for software development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organizing cross-functional teams. It advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, and continuous improvement, and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change. These principles support the definition and continuing evolution of many software development methods.

In recent past we had clients who were uncertain of the business processes and geography of customers they want to serve. We decided to go with the agile methodology of software development. But first we had to change the mindset and approach of employees while dealing with development of software. We emphasized that entire team should be a single integrated unit dedicated to one project at a time. All the team members were asked to express their views and take customer’s feedback readily. The key to successful development is frequent communication between team members .Scrums were to be held daily to determine day’s work and dependencies. When it comes to processes and procedures, the common sense is to be used over the written policies.

The development process of software was started with the requirements. The first release was made within a week. It helped us to gain customer satisfaction. One more thing that helped us to gain customer’s satisfaction was that we were accepting changing requirements even in late development phase. The project manager had a crucial role of maintaining the agile values and practices in the project team. Manager helped the team members to turn the requirements backlog into working functionality. There was an effective and open communication between team members facilitated by manager. The manager was given vital task of being the chief motivator and mentor of the team. But in Agile development it is everyone’s responsibility to achieve the objectives whether you are a developer, testing engineer, designer or manager.

Agile methodology is best suited for the present markets which are highly dynamic. The lack of precise requirement has proved to be blessing in disguise. It gives more freedom to developers to think for out of box solutions and innovate. It is favorable to clients also who have a great idea but are not so sure on requirements, It gives them opportunity to evolve their business during the development process.

The agile methodology has helped VTSPL  to be top mobile application development company in Pune. We are also using agile methodology in web application development which is making us top development company in Pune.



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