The world of technology requires being at the forefront, not only to ensure the best quality in each of the deliveries but also to optimize each of the software creation processes. In this sense, agile methodologies we implement at Epidata can be a great solution to ensure clean, stable, and efficient development cycles, which can significantly benefit your company.
What are agile methodologies?
So, what is an agile methodology? Agile methodologies in IT are ways in which companies decide to work, to generate efficiency and flexibility when it comes to achieving different objectives. Thus, a project can be molded to its environment, ensuring rapid adaptation to the dynamism of the market.
Now, agile project management ensures that all work processes are optimized. In other words, by properly dividing and organizing all flows, reprocesses due to errors are avoided, the quality of delivery to customers is improved and a level of stability is guaranteed in each development phase.
And this leads to a restructuring of the work cycles. In an agile methodology, work is done according to specific time flows. Each team member executes a series of tasks. When they are executed, progress is delivered and feedback is received so that the process can begin again.
Regarding their origin, agile methodologies began to come to life in 2001. In that year, Kent Beck, a software engineer from the United States, developed a set of ideas that sought to oppose formal development methodologies, such as CMMI. According to his perspective, they were too rigid and cumbersome.
For this reason, together with several signatories, he devised the Agile Manifesto. This document details some principles that should be followed in this type of development. As time went by, different agile methodologies began to be developed, such as the Scrum Methodology, Kanban, or XP.
What are the advantages of developments with agile methodologies?
Currently, promoting agile methodologies in different IT developments is key to achieving several benefits, such as the following:
Improved product quality
Team members constantly collaborate in the creation of the product. But that’s not all: there is also continuous improvement since the agile methodology involves making partial deliveries. Similarly, there is usually communication with the customer, who can give feedback on each step in the development of the product.
Thanks to this articulation between the work team and the customer, it is possible to know the needs every day. In addition, possible obstacles can be prevented, since each member of the group can alert the others. As a result, the final quality of the development will be higher than with traditional methodologies. That’s why Agile for Project Managers is such a good idea!
Increased speed and efficiency
Customers who trust developers who implement agile methodologies tend to be more satisfied not only with the final quality but also with the process. As the word “agile” indicates, it means that everyone will work efficiently, guaranteeing the deadlines of each phase.
In agile teams, all parts of the project are usually worked on at the same time. Each area will have a corresponding specialist, which allows the objectives to be aligned according to the stage of development. As a reward for this decision, a functional version is delivered more quickly than if a linear methodology were chosen.
Accelerated return on investment
It is common that, when working with a linear development method, companies do not know what stage the development is at. The processes until the final result is achieved are often long, so it takes time to see the benefits. Even worse: this delivery could also have several bugs, which delays the final release of the software.
On the other hand, having partial deliveries not only reduces these errors but also generates a faster return on investment. Therefore, with an agile methodology, the customer can be aware of most of the progress, until an MVP or a stable final product with few errors is obtained.
3 essential philosophies in the agile developments we implement at Epidata
At Epidata we innovate with different developments based on agile methodologies, which are based on some philosophies that we implement when facing each project:
1. Divide the tasks
Each project is divided into stages. In turn, these stages have their respective activities, which our team of developers and specialists must fulfill on time, to ensure harmony and efficiency in each progress. By dividing the tasks into different deadlines, we worked together on the different objectives.
2. Integrate the client
Customer feedback is very valuable since they can always provide new perspectives on our developments. By implementing agile methodologies, it is possible to reach a 100% satisfactory final result, since any possibility of improvement will have been implemented before the final delivery.
3. Decrease the margin of error
By establishing priorities in each development phase, we establish control of each of the work areas, decreasing the margin of error. In case any problem appears, it can be solved quickly and efficiently since the process is transparent.
Let’s implement these practices in Epidata projects!
In short, thanks to agile development, we can implement fast, efficient, and professional software development, with constant delivery and customer feedback. Now that you know how we work, we invite you to get to know our cases and/or projects through personalized presentations at no cost, to see how we can help you innovate in your organization.
From everything you have been able to appreciate, at Epidata we focus on developments with agile methodologies, because we believe in the virtues of this practice to enhance innovation in organizations in an efficient, effective and responsible way. Contact us for more information!
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