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Agile Project Management: Flexible Methodology in Software Development

In 2001 the Agile methodology replaced traditional corporate techniques and cascade technology Waterfall, which consisted of step-by-step work on a project according to a pre-developed plan. The Waterfall concept required exact requirements for the project. But it is hard to reach for most IT projects because everything changes too quickly.

What is Meant by Agile Methodology?

So Agile is an up-to-date software development methodology. It is a set of defined values on how work should be organized so that a team of specialists can develop software as efficiently as possible.

The essence of the Agile way is to respond quickly and flexibly to internal and external challenges. But how to do that? Perform work in small parts according to priority, continuously make adjustments, constantly adapt the project to new tasks that arise in the work process, taking into account feedback from the customer.

What are the 4 Core Principles of Agile Methodology?

The Agile priorities are as follows:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

  • Working software over comprehensive documentation

  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

  • Responding to change over following a plan

Means of Agile Implementation: Scrum and Kanban Methods

The Scrum method and the Kanban workflow are Agile's varieties, but they have some noticeable differences.

Scrum requires fixed roles, whereas Kanban does not have them. Scrum is based on iterations that integrate planning, optimization, and release. With Kanban, you can do this regularly or whenever you need it. A Scrum team requires evaluation of its performance while the Kanban team does not need to.

Each methodology solves its problem. Everything depends on the objectives and expectations of the project. Kanban is a strict sequence of tasks, uniform load, and clarity at each stage.

But what if you don't have a specific plan?

It would be best if you used Scrum in this case. You release the project in small steps from the very beginning rather than showing the finished product at the very end. As a result, the finished product may be completely different from the initially planned, but it will best meet the customers' expectations.

For DataEngi, the Agile way of working is not a set of applied techniques. This approach is a philosophy that our company adheres to.

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