Distributed Agile Teams
Starting from the leadership team, to all support functions, we are all working in Agile as much as possible. That allows us not only to deliver Agile projects as well but be an Agile organization as a whole. It has become our favorite tool for bringing order and efficiency to the development process no matter if we start it from scratch or engage with an existing project to improve it.
This way of working allows us greater agility–new methods that allow us to make changes without significantly impacting cost and production schedules and dividing production into small components (called iterations) that could be simply and rapidly developed and tested, modifications could be made without having to wait for the end product.
Benefits of practicing Agile process:
- Early, measurable return on investment through defined, iterative delivery of product increments.
- High visibility of project progress, allows early identification and resolution or monitoring of problems.
- Empowerment of the business owner to make decisions needed to meet goals.
- Adaptation to changing business needs, giving more influence over requirement changes.
- Reduced product and process waste.
As the most widely used agile software development method, Scrum has become a mainstay in many organizations that develop software. Despite Scrum’s popularity, several studies examine Scrum implementations that include some parts of the methodology and exclude others. The scrum methodology consists of phase and activities. The phases are planning, staging, development, and release. Planning and staging prepare the workload for the development phase, where all functional development is done iteratively, each sprint creating a complete increment of potentially releasable product functionality.