September 07, 2011

Despite agile development's reputation as a more free-flowing methodology than the traditional waterfall pattern, IT Business Edge reported recently that a certain amount of planning is still necessary.

The basic idea with agile, the publication said, is to separate extensive projects into more digestible, bite-sized sprints. This allows for potentially improved development speed and delivery, though the process of carving out those smaller sprints requires significant attention to detail.

Daily scrum meetings are needed, IT Business Edge said, in order to ensure a high degree of communication between team members and to make sure everyone's sprint is taking him or her to the desired place. Coordinated work is a hallmark of successful agile adoption.

"In many ways the rapid pace of agile requires more immediate attention to process than waterfall," the news source reported.

All phases of the development process can be integrated into the agile philosophy, according to experts. Associated technologies like continuous integration - or anything else that provides for quick testing and smooth development - can slot comfortably into an agile team's daily operations.

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