Product Development Do you need Agile development for your Product development? by vervesys March 21, 2017 it workToday’s dynamic businesses can no longer rely on the traditional, lengthy product development life cycles to get the first glance at their products. Quick iterations of fully functioning products have become an imperative and so has constant communication between businesses and developers so that changes can be incorporated into the next phase of development. Although the waterfall model has been successfully implemented for decades, modern businesses require more agility in development. The Agile methodology follows an iterative approach to product development usually performed in a collaborative environment. This approach is especially beneficial in a business scenario where the stake holder’s requirements are constantly changing. In this method, every product development begins with a ‘backlog’ which is essentially a list of prioritised requirements. The team constantly adjusts the scope of work to ensure that the most important items in the list are completed first. The list and priorities are dynamic and are subject to change – anytime. Further, instead of delivering the entire backlog at once, the development cycle is divided into a number of iterations – also known as sprints. Sprints are essentially small parts of the project that are delivered in the order of importance as mentioned earlier. So, iterations have a smaller time frame which makes the entire process cost effective too. It’s important to remember that the priorities and scope of work cannot change within the iteration – they can change from one – iteration to another only. Multiple iterations are required to complete the entire list of backlog and finally, the product is released. This is why Agile methodologies work best for modern day product development: Early and continuous delivery of the product increases customer satisfaction. Changes in the requirements are always welcome – even in the late stages of development. This gives you a chance to include any features and remove any features – anytime. Working software is delivered quickly – so you get a ‘feel’ of how your final product will look and operate. There is constant communication between businesses and developers – so you are not left in the dark until the developer has ‘finished’ building the product. Constant delivery of working software ensures that you have enough data to measure progress. A constant pace can be maintained in development and it drives sustainable development Any flaws can be re-mediated before they enter into the next iteration. Teams reflect regularly on how to make your product more effective and more accurate. Adjustments are made immediately and you do not have to wait until the end of the product life cycle to test the features. Above all, with agile development, you can get enough visibility into the product throughout its development life cycle. This gives you a chance to ensure that your expectations and business requirements are effectively met.