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The word Agile comes up frequently these days in the IT world.  Some people have heard the buzz but remain in the dark about how Agile can lend to bringing out great business performance and sustaining reliability.

In the broad scheme of things, Agile project management is an iterative process which places a business’s customers first, encourages team interactions rather than emphasis on duties, and is flexible to adapt to changing needs rather than following a course of action that has no room to ever change.

Words such as evolving, swift, responsive, and adaptive, among others are perfect words that can be used to describe the Agile development software.  If you want to provide the ultimate value to clients, users, and other stakeholders, this IT solution fits the bill well.  Founded on the twelve principles, or the Agile Manifesto, this movement in the IT field espouses:

  1.    Customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of useful software
  2.    Welcome changing requirements, even late in development
  3.    Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months)
  4.    Close, daily cooperation between business people and developers
  5.    Projects are built around motivated trusted individuals
  6.    Face-to-face conversation is the best form of communication (co-location)
  7.    Working software is the principal measure of progress
  8.    Sustainable development, able to maintain a constant pace
  9.    Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design
  10. Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential
  11. Self-organizing teams
  12. Regular adaptation to changing circumstance

Therefore, collaboration trumps following processes or tools.  Change is responded to as the needs to unique circumstances arise versus focusing on a documented plan.  Moreover, working with customers supersedes taking steps that are outlined in a contract.

At Third Wave, our way of doing business has incorporated the practices of effective communication, simplicity, on-going feedback, and adaptability, all characteristics that are directly in line with the Agile Manifesto.  Third Wave’s team is made of professionals from a wide array of professional and educational backgrounds who know how to use IT to transform an ordinary business to a successful and resilient one.


Our Team Members in the Delivery Process

You can expect that each one of your projects will have a life cycle that will require key players for project management.  There are clear distinctions between an Agile development team approach and one that is traditional.  Namely, an Agile team is a “whole” team, which means the members do not have to rely on outsiders from the group for expertise or guidance.

In addition, members in a team do not necessarily keep their role indefinitely.  Depending on the needs of the project, a member can take on multiple roles or switch from one role to another.  In fact, there actually may be some projects which do not require a particular member role altogether.

Some common Agile roles may include:

  •      Quality Assurance Engineer:  This individual requires impeccable organization and time management skills in which he will continuously use analytical methods to test and assure the quality and smooth running of the IT applications. They will test and report throughout the development life cycle and ensures the project remains matched well with the identified stakeholders.
  •      Team Developers:  In a nutshell, these individuals create and deliver the IT system.  Within this work includes the tasks of modeling, programming, testing, and releasing of activities, among others.  At Third Wave, our developers work in our own custom cloud based Agile software development environment that we call a “Continuous Delivery Environment.”
  •      Product Owner:  This person can be thought of as the representative of the stakeholders, or anyone directly or indirectly affected by the development and use of the Agile software project.  He ensures tasks get done on schedule and according to priority.  He is also the main decision maker during the project. An experienced product owner will work very closely with the client’s IT stakeholders who they collaborate with to ensure the company’s   goals are being met.  They also liaison with the rest of the team developers to   review tasks and address any challenges.

Finally, at Third Wave we always include you, our client, as part of the Agile development team.  We value your feedback and because of our cloud based continuous development method, you are never left in the dark during the process.  One of the most valued hallmarks of Agile software is the transparency that comes with its creation which you benefit from as well.

We invite you to schedule a free assessment today by visiting our website and sending us your contact information.  Among our team’s goals are to provide effective solutions for your business needs, and we look forward to working with you today.

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