As a consequence of this continual need to move quickly and adapt to new requirements or challenges, Agile Development has become the preferred approach for software delivery. Unlike other methodologies that adopt a more linear approach, such as Waterfall, Agile Development is an iterative process that places the needs of the business at the centre, cultivating a more collaborative process between the development team and business stakeholders.
The Agile Development process breaks down features, defects and enhancements, estimates their effort and then assigns them to a release (each release can be viewed as a mini project.) Each release has a deadline, which can vary in length but will typically be every two weeks. By breaking down large initiatives into smaller releases, priorities can be easily managed and changed as needed. With a new release of the software going into production on a regular basis, clients will be able to see constant value, as applications are continually improved to support the business at the point of need: an important benefit for your organisation.