Agile has become one of those buzzwords that is repeated so often that it starts to lose meaning. If you work in IT, you’ve probably heard a manager say they have an agile team, or a programmer describe themselves as an agile developer. While you might assume that means they are flexible and able to adapt to new situations and projects, the true agile model is much more complex.
When boiled down to the basics, the agile model is about streamlining workflow and creating an agile team capable of handling ever-changing requirements. Being able to adapt, change and grow, rigorous testing, approvals and planning are prioritized, which can hinder the efficiency of the development process.
Scrum is by far the most popular agile development model, probably because it is easy to implement and addresses some of the biggest IT management challenges. The Scrum Alliance and Scrum Master (CSM) program and its derivatives have become in high demand for IT certifications.
Agile scrum methodology
Traditional software testing, that phase of waterfall development, has lost its absolute effectiveness in an agile world. It is now more necessary than ever to test continuously, because it is one of the keys to maintaining the quality of products, which evolve at breakneck speed.
Agile testing focuses on building a quality product, using short feedback loops or sprints to validate our hypotheses (validated learning). The practices reinforce the idea that quality is the responsibility of the entire team.
Agile Testing incorporates a number of practices, such as “whole team” testing, independent testing, continuous integration, test-driven testing, behavior-driven development, acceptance test-driven development, among others.
We create a work plan aligned with the strategic objectives of the business and we have experience in the different tests required by a digital ecosystem in the current environment, segmenting our service through four main stages:
In an Agile project structure, work is not treated homogeneously. Instead, Agile management attempts to create an adaptive and transparent process to improve internal communication and traceability.
Typically, all work in traditional project management is homogeneous and deadline-driven, which is a problem. While it’s acceptable to have an aspirational timeframe for a large project, it’s not okay when all of its moving parts have specific due dates. It may sound like a strong statement, but this puts teams in “failure mode.”
With this in mind, it’s essential to have a transparent and efficient way to break down work. Here comes Agile project management, which does not treat all work homogeneously. Instead, it tries to build an adaptable work structure, keeping in mind that different factors can influence the system.
Let’s treat these as strategic business objectives in the form of elements. They provide business context for decision making and help you track the course of your organization. They also affect the work items that you will load into the different value streams. Simply put, agile themes or initiatives are at the top of the work breakdown hierarchy.
If you work in development, software, or any of its variants, agile is a word that will ring a bell, or even, be part of your day to day life. If you are shaking your head, then you have a problem my friend.
Agile and agile methodologies have been part of life, culture, and the IT world for some time now. However, we are seeing not only a massive adoption in this sector, but in any sector and business team. For example, have you ever heard of kanban boards?
Bitbucket and Hipchat are two other great allies for software development. Bitbucket’s integration with Jira Software facilitates the work of the whole team, allowing code reviews in a very intuitive way, thus ensuring code quality. Finally, Hipchat, also integrated with both Jira Software and Bitbucket, provides the ideal communication platform for all team members.