In the early 2000s, the thought leaders in the development space were frustrated. Technology and the business were becoming more efficient, moving much faster and evolving quickly. This evolution meant that many projects ended up being canceled partway through. Many of those that were completed didn’t meet all the business’s current needs, even if the project’s original objectives were met.
Out of this frustration, the agile community was born. This group of thought leaders wanted to develop software in a less rigid structure. They wanted to quickly build working software and get it into the hands of end-users. This fast delivery approach provided a couple of essential benefits. First, it enabled users to get some of the business benefits of the new software faster. Second, it allowed the software team to get rapid feedback on the software’s scope and direction. This less rigid method was called Agile.
Agile is a method of developing software solutions, including websites, web applications, and mobile applications. It focuses on delivering high-quality working software frequently that minimizes project overhead and has the flexibility to adapt to change. Developers looking for a less structured method welcomed the switch from the traditional approach of software development. The conventional method called Waterfall is based on strict planning and performing the plan step by step. It is a linear approach that does not work with change well. The Waterfall method allows for adjustment, sending developers back to the previous stages, and adjusting some of the decisions and expectations. The downside is that schedule and budget changes almost always made that impossible, forcing teams to stick with earlier decisions.
Development is both art and science. Both Agile and Waterfall have advantages and disadvantages. The main difference between Agile and Waterfall is that Agile was created to have a loose framework. The Agile approach is aimed at faster implementation of any project. Agile teams are subdivided into 2 – 4 week-long sprints, and customers can see its intermediate result at the end of any of them. This approach to software development is more flexible, and in most cases, it meets the customers’ requirements and final users better.
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