Choosing the right software development methodology for your business would make your workflow faster.
Methodologies for software development are not one-size-fits-all. Its effectiveness will depend on various factors such as your overall company goals, your team size, and type of products. As a business owner or a project manager, you want to use the best methodologies to make your work and your team’s work much more efficient.
From planning to maintenance, these methodologies are effective but it always depends on your needs. Take a look.
This list would not be complete without Agile. Modern businesses are transforming digitally and one way to do it is through Agile software development. Instead of waiting for a long time to build your project, Agile focuses more on producing real results frequently. With Agile, your team will have the flexibility of moving back from the recent stage to the previous stage to do improvements. Since the workload in Agile is done in small chunks, it is much easier for the team to complete tasks on time. What’s even more interesting about this methodology is that customer feedback is part of the cycle, thus ensuring that your output is the desired outcome.
Perhaps, Waterfall is the most traditional framework for software development teams. Although this methodology was overshadowed by Agile, some business organizations still use this approach. The advantage of using the Waterfall methodology is that it is easier to oversee and manage as it does a steady, sequential approach. Waterfall methodology is done step by step by team members and then produces the ultimate output to the client afterwards. Unlike Agile, this approach lacks flexibility because it’s only basis is the customer’s goal from the very beginning of which they have no access to. Its typical phases include:
- Software Requirements Specification
- Software Design
Yes, Scrum is part of the Agile software development methodology. In case you’re wondering, Agile is the conceptual framework that focuses on the iterative approach. Scrum on the other hand is the implementation of it. What is Scrum for? In a nutshell, Scrum is an approach used for projects that are rapidly changing. Through Scrum, each team member has the freedom to organize their own work. But unlike Agile, Scrum’s collaboration is done through daily standup meetings. Agile on the other hand encourages collaboration of cross-functional teams. A build is then presented to the client after sprints.
Once again, this is part of the Agile software development methodology. The common approach in Extreme Programming (XP) is the frequent releases that would allow developers to respond to the customer’s requirements easily. In comparison to other methodologies, this one requires more time and human involvement. XP is perfect for a project setting where the client may not have any clear idea on how their output might actually be. Perhaps the purpose of this methodology is to keep away from developing functions that are not needed.
Take your time in deciding which methodology works best for your team. If time and money permits, you can experiment with these four or other methodologies that are not listed here.
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