Should You Use Agile Methodology For Large IT Projects?

Has your business thought about embracing the Agile methodology on large distributed projects? If not, then it's the right time to talk with the team at Bydrec and consider broadening Agile to big projects and leverage the benefits that it offers. 

Compatibility of Agile Methodology with Large Projects

While Agile was a game-changing concept for software development, it was initially perceived as fitting only for web applications, reduced teams, and less-complex projects. However, that opinion is all but gone. Today, extending Agile to big projects is becoming more of a model than an option.

The trouble is that it is tough to run Agile projects properly. When "Agile" ideas are applied poorly, they often lead to more interference with developers, less time to do the work, higher pressure, and demands to "go faster." However, with the emergence of virtualization, the cloud, and social media, enterprises have realized that it is crucial to keep innovating and adapting to changes, as customers today have access to software applications through numerous channels. This poses a immense challenge to traditional software development types such as the Waterfall, in which the progress of a software application is more linear and less flexible to the changes in the scope and nature of a project.

Advantages of using Agile For Large Software Projects

Adjusting Agile's concepts and transitioning them into software projects is not easy, yet not too complex. Much of the work revolves around changing organizational behavior in viewing how software projects are typically implemented. Let's look at how advantageous Agile can be for large and complex software projects:

Faster Time-to-Market and Iterative Approach

Conventional approaches, when applied to more extensive projects, have a longer turnaround time. The iterative process in Agile development is quick and ensures that the essential objectives and milestones of a project are completed early. This can help enterprises move into the market at a faster pace.

Improved Risk Management

When customers and other key stakeholders are engaged in a software project that utilizes Agile, risks can be detected early within the project and alleviated without the need to fire-fight later.

Improved Quality

The more minor incremental changes that Agile proposes helps in improving the quality. Early into the project, developers can make changes to the solution without hurting the quality. Quality inspections are put in place at all vital stages of a project lifecycle, thus removing the need to fix bugs and mistakes after the first release. 

Focus on Product Development

Perhaps the Agile approach's biggest beneficiary is the product or the solution itself. Agile dictates that the right product is delivered instead of the right project. 

Fixed Cost

The Agile methodology enables better dependability of project milestones and thus the price. Although the scope of the project might vary, the cost stays fixed due to the iterative nature of software development.

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Though it appears like a cure-all to software development, Agile technology has some limitations that organizations need to be aware of. Adopting Agile methodology for large distributed projects requires some groundwork to be taken to distributed development teams. Contact us at (866) 219-7733 to learn more.

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