Common features of agile working

The time for doing the work is fixed, the scope of work completed is not fixed. Therefore the outcome at the end is uncertain. A minimum viable product is not guaranteed after the first, second or third releases.

Requirements that are not delivered are reprioritised into the next batch of work (often called a sprint).

Customer advocates are part of the teams, so that requirements can be rapidly changed as lessons are learnt about previous releases.

Teams are small and work closely together.

The way the team works is continuously reviewed and improved.

Documentation is kept to a minimum because the team constantly talk to each other .

It’s all about attitude, not process or method

Because releases are never far apart it is easy to keep up with customer experience and expectation.

The team is ‘self-organising’ where everybody has a leadership role – there is not an overall boss.

It has been conceived for delivering software in small but rapid batches.

Agile development is a great way of delivering continuously improving levels of software or undertaking a rapid prototype. It should not be seen as a faster way of delivering projects whose scope is fixed.

 

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