The agile process is accumulated from the professional analysis from project experiences of IT professionals, who worked under real-life circumstances overcoming the challenges and limitations to accomplish the task of project completion. In simplified term we can consider it a lightweight framework assisting team while coping up with changing functional and technical requirements, focusing on business values and rapid delivery.
While talking of benefits the focus is visibility, adaptability, business value, risk predictability, and stakeholder engagement.
Agile offers ample prospects for stakeholder and team engagement – before, during, and after each iteration phase. By offering the client an opportunity of participation throughout the project, there is a high degree of collaboration between the client and the project team, providing more openings for the team to truly comprehend the client’s idea. Creating an efficient software promptly and frequently increases stakeholders’ trust in the team’s ability to deliver high-quality working software and boosts them to be engaged in the project.
An agile process is unique in terms of transparency benefitting clients and giving them the opportunity of participation during the entire project. The client is involved from the very start of finalizing the requirements and features to final approval of the project with all the iteration and additions of new features. This added benefit of visibility is a great opportunity for the client to keep the track of product even during work in progress.
The team of software professionals keenly focus on crafting a product that has the adaptability to add or refine features with every iteration, while reprioritizing the overall product backlog. The adaptability feature of this process makes it time-efficient as well. The beta testing of the software after each phase is important in getting time to time feedback throughout the project and providing the ability to make changes as needed.
In this process, the criteria for defining the product features are based on business values. Each and every feature is tailored deliberately on delivering not just a software component but a business value. The client is given an opportunity to prioritize the features. This helps the team is going along well with the client’s requirements and understanding the client’s business and priorities delivering the product that serves business value the most.
One of the biggest advantages of the agile software development process is the timely predictability of risks. The time to time evaluation, status based analysis and software testing will help to predict the risks and can be valuable in increasing the precision.
Finally, an outcome of adopting an agile process for software development at the conclusion of a project is a finely tailored software system that is much better in addressing the business and customer requirements.