What is Agile?
Adaptability is important as change is the only constant thing. Agility means ability to adapt and react expeditiously and appropriately to the changes in the environment. Agile Development is an umbrella term given to the various iterative and incremental software development methodologies that help organizations/projects to be more flexible to change and to deliver workable software in shorter span of time.
There are many agile methodologies available. While each agile methodology is unique in its approach, they all share a common core values as articulated in the Agile Manifesto. Organizations often struggle to identify which methodology works best for them and sometimes end up adopting practices from different methodologies to get the best from all. However many a time it backfires, as these practices don’t gel well with each other and thus the organizations are unable to derive the maximum benefits of Agile methods. Though agile methodology has definite advantage in product development and in certain project scenarios still it is not the silver bullet for all challenges in software development.
Agile is proven to work well for all sizes of organizations, be it few employees to large technology giants employing a workforce of more than 100,000 people. So, how do individuals and organizations benefit from Agile?1. Faster ROI
The trick to achieving faster ROI is simple. Build a functional product across iterations, get it out to market early with limited features, continue adding features and then launch the fully functional version. Agile is the perfect methodology to gain the ‘first mover’ advantage.
- Development starts early
- A functional ‘ready to market’ product after few iterations
- First Mover Advantage
2. Lower Risk
Agile ranks very highly on risk mitigation scale. Since iterations are short, the market risk is reduced. A beta version released early in an agile project is a great way to tap the potential market for a product. Feedback from prospect customers can help evolve the product and lowers risk of the product failing to match client expectations. Agile even recommends early cancellations for projects which have high chances of failure.
- Client gets early access to product during the life cycle
- Greater flexibility for accommodating Change Requests
- Early Cancellations hurt less
3. Lower Defect Density
Since the testing is frequent and starts early in the project, most bugs are caught during the test iterations. Agile’s ‘test driven development’ approach ensures a high quality product with minimal bugs. There’s no better way to measure a project’s progress than having a working version at the end of all iterations.
- Show stopper/ Critical bugs are caught early in the project
- Stories are considered incomplete till they have critical zero defects
- Test Automation nets higher productivity for testing team
4. More Transparency & Better Visibility
Agile manta promotes greater transparency amongst stakeholders in the interest of the project. Each stakeholder has a better visibility even when the product is shaping up. Agile preserves mutual interests of the stakeholders from a project perspective rather than catering to individual interests.
- Agile imparts better visibility and a greater sense of ownership to all stakeholders
- Encourages Close coordination and build mutual trust amongst stakeholders
- Brings all stakeholders on the ‘same page’ in terms of project progress and expectations
5. No Frills Approach
The best part about Agile is that it’s a completely ‘No Frills’ approach to software development. There are no useless daily meetings, no irrelevant documentation and fewer paper artefacts. Agile teams self organize themselves so that information is timely communicated to all stakeholders.
- Higher Productivity for all stakeholders
- Face to Face Communication works much better than lengthy documents
- If it doesn’t add any value, don’t do it!
Agile ProgramTransitioning to Agile
Agile principles and practices can dramatically improve an organization’s productivity, but a successful transition to agile methods presents many challenges. ADHIK Solution’s consulting approach focuses on understanding business needs, different project context and provide a roadmap by identifying suitable agile methodology, practices and provide training, mentoring and coaching support for organization wide deployment .Embedding Agile Methods in current processes
Embedding agile in current ongoing Initiatives like CMMI® or inQMS is one of the key requirements for many organizations. Instead of simply applying Agile methodology to all projects – it is always important to select the right set of project types for Agile implementation. ADHIK Solutions being pioneer in helping organization to achieve higher process maturity using process models like CMMI®, ADHIK Solutions has developed its own framework to embed Agile methodology concepts into organizations’ QMS and ensure co-existence of CMMI® framework and Agile life cycle
Agile Practices Maturity Assessment
Whether an organization is contemplating a transition to agile methodologies or well down the agile road already, an objective assessment of the organization will yield valuable insights. ADHIK Solutions can conduct Agile maturity assessment to get an evaluation of effectiveness of agile implementation and create a roadmap to determine the next steps to take.Integrating Agile Processes and Tools
Successfully adopt agile methods by integrating right agile tools (both engineering and project management) to maximize the benefits from Agile.Leadership Level
- An Executive Overview to Agile Methodology
- Co-existence of CMMI and Agile – The Balancing Act
- Agile Project Management – PMI ACP Contact Training Program
- Mastering Scrum Workshop
- Agile User Stories, Estimation and Planning & Agile Test
- Strategies and Management
- Agile Methodology Implementation
- Software Excellence using “Extreme Programming” Practices
Why you need Agile Training & Consulting
Agile project management provides numerous needs to organizations, project teams, and products. Key needs and how to maximize them:
Better product quality: Agile methods have excellent safeguards to make sure that quality is as high as possible by
Taking a proactive approach to quality to prevent product problems
Embracing technological excellence, good design, and sustainable development
Defining and elaborating on requirements just in time so that knowledge of product features is as relevant as possible
Higher customer satisfaction: Agile project teams satisfy customers by
Keeping customers involved and engaged throughout projects.
Having a product owner who is an expert on product requirements and customer needs.
Keeping the product backlog updated and prioritized in order to respond quickly to change.
Higher team morale: Being part of a self-managing team allows people to be creative, innovative, and acknowledged for their expertise. Having a scrum master removes impediments and shields the development team from external interference. Working cross-functionally allows development team members to learn new skills and to grow by teaching others.
Increased collaboration and ownership: The development team, the product owner, and the scrum master work closely together on a daily basis. Daily scrum meetings let the development team organize around work completed, future work, and roadblocks. During sprint reviews the development team can demonstrate and discuss the product directly with stakeholders.
Customized team structures: Self-management puts decisions that would normally be made by a manager or the organization into scrum team members’ hands. Because of the limited size of development teams — five to nine people — agile projects can have multiple scrum teams on one project. Self-management and size-limiting mean that agile projects can provide unique opportunities to customize team structures and work environments.
More relevant metrics: The metrics agile project teams use to estimate time and cost, measure project performance, and make project decisions are often more relevant and more accurate than metrics on traditional projects. On agile projects, you provide metrics by
Determining project timelines and budgets based on each development team’s actual performance and capabilities
Having the development team that will be doing the work provide effort estimates for project requirements
Using relative estimates, rather than hours or days, to tailor estimated effort to an individual development team’s knowledge and capabilities
Improved performance visibility: On agile projects, every member of the project team has the opportunity to know how the project is going at any given time. Daily scrum meetings, daily sprint reviews, and visible progress charts offer concrete ways to see progress.
Increased project control: The many opportunities to inspect and adapt throughout agile projects allow all members of the project team — the development team, product owner, scrum master, and stakeholders — to exercise control and ultimately create better products.
Improved project predictability: Agile project management incorporates several practices, artifacts, and tools for improved predictability:
Keeping sprint lengths and development team allocation the same throughout the project allows the project team to know the exact cost for each sprint.
Using individual development team speed allows the project team to predict timelines and budgets for releases, the remaining product backlog, or any group of requirements.
Reduced risk: Agile techniques virtually eliminate the chance of absolute project failure:
Developing in sprints, ensuring a short time between initial project investment and either failing fast or knowing that a product or an approach will work
Always having a working product, starting with the very first sprint, so that no agile project fails completely
The Adhik Solutions Advantage for Agile
- Every organization is different; therefore the approach to agile adoption needs to be different for each organization.
- Using a cookie-cutter approach may deliver value, but it does not deliver exceptional value. We are devoted to delivering the best possible solutions; by working closely with each client we create optimal solutions.
- Agile Methodology is based on getting early and frequent feedback from the customer. We believe the same should be true when working with our clients on their specific solutions.
- Solutions that include assessment, training and follow-up coaching have proven to be most effective for agile transitions.
- The best solutions are the ones customized to target areas of need, deliver quality training in those areas, and use follow-up coaching in order to continuously improve individuals, teams and the organization as a whole.
Selecting your Agile Trainer& Consultant
There are many people out there offering training and consultancy, however the standards vary considerably. Where possible don’t just rely on the sales talk of the trainer go and look at what they have done in the past. If they have conducted Agile training in another company and the clients were happy then they should be happy to allow you to come see their success.
References and going to see truly are the best way to get an idea as to how good your potential Agile trainer or Agile Consultant is going to perform for you and your business. Make sure that you see the results of the actual Agile consultant that will be working with you, not the companies start performer and salesman! Far too often you will find one person coming to sell you service from some of the big consultancies whilst you get someone completely different to actually perform the training.