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Definition: Agile Approach
Agile Approach is a software development methodology, where the development teams work collaboratively and iteratively to develop software solutions on an incremental basis. Agile is generally an alternative to traditional methodologies like the sequential approach and waterfall models. It is generally used in situations where the requirements are changing on a more or less continuous basis and there is more unpredictability.
Scrum is one of the popular agile approaches, which is used effectively by companies for software delivery.
Instead of developing software using a sequential and rigidly defined approach, agile was developed where software could be developed in a more collaborative and flexible manner, with the help of cross functional teams. It is not always easy to get all requirements of the software while working using the waterfall approach, since software is a field that s dynamic and ever changing.
Agile is characterised by the following:
- Customer collaboration
- Changing requirements
- Cross functional teams for development
- Rapid response to change
- Continuous attention to great design and technicality
- Face to face conversation
For a database driven web product, duration of four weeks was set up, where there were teams performing functions across (cross functional). Since all requirements were not known from the beginning, this approach was preferred, because new methodologies and better design could be created during development.