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Software development projects require correct implementation and ultimately good management. As with most tasks, if you get the ‘working-out’ wrong, this could impede progress, but fail to calculate the costings correctly… and you will attract unwanted profit loss.
Naturally, an essential part of the management process is conducting research, calculating the cost and also justifying that technology cost to stakeholders. Are you confident your method is the best one?
It is unlikely that will be approving the budget, however, you will potentially be in the driving seat for informing the budget, which if done with precision should increase the likelihood of approval and maximize the results.
According to Dictionary.com, “agile” is defined one way as “quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe.” It’s a great way to describe an acrobat or athlete, but the term also applies to business. Within software development, the definition’s important because “agile” must happen quickly but also be well planned. Agile’s core tenets are to pull teams together in a collaborative, simple, transparent, and flexible manner, so they can work together to produce quality work on deadline.
Agile involves all of the stakeholders in the process (including customers) to put in their “two cents” during production. A crucial part of this process is testing because it needs to be conducted during every stage of the development. The point of this repeated testing is to gather feedback from all of the stakeholder groups, so the final project will best reflect all of their needs and expectations.
Everyone involved even tangentially in software development has heard the word “agile.” The C-suite executives might say “we need to become more agile” or “is that vendor more agile than the others?” It’s a common word in this realm, but what does it really mean, and how is it achieved? Agile is essentially a set of principles for the organization. As the company makes decisions about its technology and processes, it can check those decisions against the agile philosophy to make sure there’s alignment. Over time, the idea is for the entire team to lean towards the “agile” way of doing things, which might include how to dynamically respond to changing conditions and the need for software that improves the user experience.