The Agile software development methodology is one of the most easy to adopt, yet effective way to deliver a great product to the customer. If technology companies want to remain relevant in a fast-paced, ever-changing industry of software, software development teams need a way to push their products forward as much as possible in a short time build. The agile software development method was developed specifically for the rapid development and deployment of a software application.
The focus behind Agile is end-user satisfaction. All the tasks that do not directly work toward improving it, are secondary.
The main methodology of Agile development is iteration. Iteration is a process wherein a set of actions is repeated in a sequence until a particular condition is met or particular goal is achieved.
Different Agile development methods achieve iteration in different ways. Scrum, for example, implements Sprints. Sprints are fixed time periods — generally, 1-2 weeks long — during which the development team completes a certain part of the functionality of development and achieves pre-established milestones.
Key Agile Software Development Lifecycle Phases
For no matter which software development methodology your organization implements, you’ll find a common structure between the various models. Following are phase of SDLC commonly used to work in Agile environment.
Phase 1. Requirements:
Before a Product proprietor can even start designing a project, they need to create the initial documentation that will list down the initial requirements. The following points need to keep in mind to ask while gathering requirements:
. The end result the project is going to achieve. For example what end product is required like Food Delivery App.
. The main initial features that it will support. e.g required features of the product like Payment method integration.
. The features that it will not initially support. For example a feature to share foods you like on social media.
Phase 2. Design:
There are two approaches to design in the software development — one is the front end design and the other is the architectural structure of a software, mobile or web application.
During the first iteration — Structure Design, the application owner assembles their development team and introduces the requirements produced during the previous phase. The team then discusses how to take on these requirements, and advises the tools needed to achieve the goal for best results.
During User Experience (UX) / User Interface (UI) design phase of SDLC stage, the designers create a prototype / rough mock-up of the UI. If the product is consumer-grade, the user experience and user interface are most important.
Phase 3. Development and Coding:
The code and development phase is about writing code and converting design documentation into the actual software within the software development process. This stage of SDLC is generally the longest as it’s the keystone of the whole process.
Phase 4. Integration and Testing:
This stage is about spending time on making sure that the software is error-free and have cross platform compatibility with everything elsewhere the developers have coded before. The Quality Assurance (QA) team conducts a series of tests in order to ensure the code is clean and business goals of the software solution are met.
Phase 5. Implementation and Deployment:
In this stage the application is deployed on the servers and provided to the end customers — either for the demo or the actual usage. Further iterations update the already installed software, introducing new features and resolving bugs.
Phase 6. Review:
As soon as all previous development phases are accomplished, the Product Owner gathers the Application Development Teams once again and reviews the progress made towards completing the requirements. The team put their ideas toward resolving the problems that grew up during the previous stages and the Product Owner takes their suggestions into consideration.
Subsequently, the Agile software development lifecycle phases start afresh — either with a new iteration or by moving toward the next stage.
Software development is a integrated iterative process. However, there is no individual ‘correct’ way to do Agile — there are just ones that fit or do not fit a particular team. Each company has its own idea of what establishes Agile development, and each one has its pros and cons. What matters at the end of the day is a valuable final product delivered on-time and deadline.
And this is how we at ARFASOFTECH develop well-tailored software applications that meet our client’s business needs. Here at ARFASOFTECH, we use Agile paradigms for all our projects and constantly deliver awesome results.