Agile methods grew out of the real-life project experiences of leading software professionals who had experienced the challenges and limitations of traditional waterfall development on project after project. The approach promoted by agile development is in straight response to the concern coupled with traditional software development both in terms of overall philosophy as well as specific processes.
Agile web development is not a definite process, action, or a daylong exercise. Agile is a mindset, an attitude with which a project is undertaken. It means streamlining the project, taking away time-sucks, performing frequent sanity checks, and making sure that you’re not spending excessive time on things that don’t add value to the project.
It’s about spending quality time on actions that append value to the website and make it better, and taking away time and energy from parts of the process that reason headaches. Your team will reach the same goals and milestones, but in half the time or less. There are several common problems that if not resolved, are very likely to cause a project to be a failure.
Not having a product owner-
Of all the things that can cause an agile software project to fail, not having a person that is eventually the decision maker for the product being developed is the quickest way to make sure its demise. If you want your project to succeed, you need someone who can place its direction and make decisions about the product being developed.
One of the key values that agile development brings to the software development world is iteration. The key to iterating is to develop a product a little bit at time. It would be accurate to describe the process of iterating on a product as growth of a product.
Whether you believe in macro-evolution or not, micro-evolution, or adaptation is a proven concept. The idea behind evolution is that things change progressively over time. Those small changes add up to result in a big change.
Not breaking things down small enough-
The main reason why this is so important is because it prevents procrastination. Procrastination usually occurs when either we fright some large task that will be difficult or we don't know what to do next. If you can break a big project up into small parts, it will seem easier to achieve and will have clear steps of progression.
Not setting done criteria-
It is very important to have explicit clear-cut done criteria for any backlogs being worked on by an agile development team.
This means that the product owner should be defining some height of acceptance testing. It doesn't matter if the tests are manual tests or fully automated tests (BATs), what matters are that some criteria is defined by which the team can estimate whether they have achieved their goal or not.
Not letting the team be a team-
There are many dynamics that affect how teams act and interact. There are several ways to advance a healthy team and many ways to create unhealthy teams.
A healthy motivated team has synergy; an unhealthy lean team can be less effective than all of its members are on their own.
The key to having a healthy motivated team is letting them be mostly independent. Regardless of your political persuasion, you would probably agree that when a country invades another country and sets up an unelected government to supervise the people, there are going to be problems.
Using agile project management reduces traditional website development processes significantly. What could have taken 4-8 months under a traditional process, we reduced to 1 month. Cutting down the build process to its bare essentials reduces bottlenecks and project overhead, making it as proficient and results-driven as possible.
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