Agile Development

In the extremely competitive world of software development, speed and flexibility are essential. Companies are increasingly realising that the old, sequential approach to developing new projects is often too restrictive and just doesn't get the job done. Instead, companies are using a holistic method of agile development where software requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between customers and developers working in a dynamic and collaborative team.

A truely agile development can be categorised by the following principals

  • Customer satisfaction by rapid, continuous delivery of useful software
  • Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months)
  • Working software is the principal measure of progress
  • Even late changes in requirements are welcomed
  • Close, daily cooperation between customers and developers
  • Face-to-face conversation is the best form of communication (co-location)
  • Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design
  • Simplicity
  • Regular adaptation to changing circumstances

Darwin's experience of agile methods makes us the ideal company to use if this is the best way to develop your software.  We are a fan of agile methods but recognise that for a successful project to be truely agile many factors need to be in place. Because of its collaborative nature the involvement of the customer is critical and can be quite onerous. The adaptive nature of the project can make estimates of timescales and effort quite difficult and the project works best when working on-site with the customer. 

Of course many customers are very busy, have a limited budget and so want a fixed price and have no facilities to accommodate a development team.  In this case a truely agile approach is not for you and an approach more akin to a traditional Waterfall approach is best, where requirements are gathered up front and a detailed Functional Specification is produced before development begins. Darwin are experienced in both methods and can tailor an approach to suit your needs and get the most out of your budget.

Contact us for more details and to talk through the best approach for your project.

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