When compared to the traditional way of web development, agile development seems to be a preferred choice for the masses. This is because of the simple reason that this methodology is not only easy to understand and implement but also produces quick results. As a consequence, the website that is under construction tends to transform rapidly as per the feedback shared by the client and the entire process helps produce a satisfying job.
Nowadays, what most companies do is that they try to create an exhaustive list of requirements, share the list in the form of a RFP (Request for Proposal) and then demand for a project plan along with the costs. In addition to that they also require a detailed breakdown and a milestone driven project plan with timelines. The agile methodology does not work in this fashion.
So why is agile development a preferred choice?
Unlike the traditional way of web development, agile methodology does not require you to gather all the requirements upfront. The reason why agile methodology is gaining popularity is because of the following reasons:
a) It helps produce results rapidly
b) A prototype can be created is lesser time
c) Feedback can be received at each stage of the project
d) The development methodology is highly customer centric
e) Risk is minimal
f) Chances of misunderstanding and confusion is eradicated
g) Planning and strategy is more clear
The agile methodology reduces risk
In case you are unclear whether or not your project is in sync with the requirements and may or may not turn out to be a success then it is best to adopt the agile approach. It helps reduce risk, allows you to gain feedback on a time to time basis and you also receive frequent guidance. Accordingly, you can look into priorities and/or change your approach.
The traditional way of web development does not allow you to change your approach as and when required and as a result priorities get stranded. Further, the proposition turns out to be costly and time taking since you need substantial amount of documentation and a lot of time in creating time estimates for completing the project.
The agile approach encourages changes and also helps you discover an important or essential requirement that you were not aware of and can now implement as you progress. What’s more, with the agile methodology, you can actually design and then develop at the same time. You need not have to wait for any test. In fact, you can test as you go, deploy at the same time and also gather feedback at each stage.
The agile development methodology helps take care of the two or three most essential needs as per the wish list shared. These are then built, developed and then deployed and then feedback is gathered on the same. This system allows you keep track of the most current needs or requirements.
While documenting requirements is a good practice but excessive documentation may lead to confusion and unnecessary wastage of time. Agile development helps you get rid of excessive documentation and keeps everything very simple. You can analyze and plan for the next few weeks and keep on track as per the agreed target date.
The agile web development process encourages the team to embrace changes and also adapt to changing requirements and any unexpected development phase or for that matter priorities.
With the introduction of agile methodology of web development, most clients seem to be satisfied with the end result and the overall turnaround time. If you as a development company have not adopted this methodology before then it is high time that you looked into it and see for yourself the kind of impressive results you can yield out of it.