Agile Software Development Outsourcing: Embracing Flexibility and Efficiency for Success

Posted on : 11 May, 10:00 PM


Our number one priority for every software development project is creating an ecosystem, so 100% of our projects are deemed a success. 


A successful Agile software development outsourcing project is defined as one that meets schedule, cost, and scope. 


According to a 2020 report, 42% of surveyed software projects using Agile methodology were considered successful, while that number for Waterfall was only 13%. 



Why does this matter? When it comes to Waterfall vs Agile development, there's a difference.


Software development projects are enormous undertakings with lots of moving parts and complexities. Using Agile, almost half of the time, projects meet schedule, cost, and scope.


With Waterfall, that number dwindles to 13%. Imagine knowing there's a high probability that you will need to allocate additional time and resources to a project shortly after it's kicked off.



That's part of why we love working with and delivering signature iterative Agile software development outsourcing solutions. It lends itself to more creativity and problem-solving and an inclusive, collaborative environment that leads to a better product overall. 


But don't get us wrong; we're entirely comfortable with Waterfall vs. Agile methodology as well. After 30 years in the software development industry, if there's one thing we get, it's how to make different project management styles for the SDLC work to our advantage.


Still, there can be variances in how Agile is implemented from project to project. How do we make this work for us?


First, we’ve made sure to have Integrant roles specific to the success of Agile.



Adding scrum masters and product owners has been instrumental in furthering our success with Agile. We've found that these roles can be as effective when outsourced as in-house with our customers and alleviate the stress of hiring this specific role.  


Second, we truly understand each customer's processes and domain before beginning any project. This, along with Integrant tools such as our 4Plus1 Shadow Engineering ProgramExtended Notice, and CodeVoyance, all lend themselves to the success of our Agile ecosystem.


Waterfall Versus Agile: Which Methodology Suits Your Software Development Project


Agile vs Waterfall Development

Agile is a self-organized, team-centered approach to software development. When working in Agile, teams move through projects via sprints instead of schedules. A typical sprint will last 1-4 weeks. At the end of each sprint, there are inspect and adapt checkpoints in the form of sprint reviews and retrospectives. 


In sprint reviews, we demonstrate to our customers what was created in the previous sprint and collect feedback. In retrospectives, the team reviews the processes used in doing the work and gathers feedback on how to improve them. 


But Agile isn’t without its faults. Agile can make it more difficult to estimate cost because of its iterative nature. There is also potential for a lack of documentation, which leads to challenges in onboarding developers.



At Integrant, to combat potential issues that may arise due to Agile challenges, we have instilled programs to assist with project stability and knowledge transfer and effective estimates and deadlines, such as our unique tool, CodeVoyance, to demonstrate real-time updates for every phase of the project and help predict results. 


The Agile process makes reviewing work easy for clients, stakeholders, and team members in addition to building team morale, having functional code in each stage of development, and preventing resource- and time-draining bugs from having to rework significant parts of your application.



Waterfall vs Agile Development

Regarding Waterfall vs Agile development, it takes a linear approach. Much like a natural Waterfall, a project will progress in a fixed flow toward the finish line. In a Waterfall versus Agile approach, each stage must be completed before moving on to the next part of the process.



By utilizing the Waterfall vs. Agile methodology, the project scope can be clearly defined with requirements outlined at the start of a project. This can lend itself to a more precise roadmap and goal setting. This detailed documentation also means onboarding new team members is easier as there are ready-to-go references. 


On the other hand, Waterfall makes it difficult to change scope or implement unexpected but necessary changes mid-project. Let’s say a project evolves, and there is a must-have feature that a customer needs to be implemented. Once into the development stage, it would be hard to change the architecture to accommodate a new feature or incorporate it into the project timeline and budget.


Scrum Masters: Navigating the Agile Landscape with Expertise



One crucial role in the success of an Agile environment is the scrum master. 


Scrum masters play a leadership role in Agile project management. While they wear many hats to ensure team and project success, scrum masters facilitate the Agile framework and serve as extra peace of mind to clients that their project is running as it should.


Scrum masters work towards establishing transparency regarding the team's capability of delivering valuable results to stakeholders and work to communicate and remove any roadblocks that may appear. 


Our Integrant scrum masters work tirelessly at the upkeep of our Agile environment. With culture being a critical component to success in Agile, we ensure that every team member is committed to the Agile way and ready to review and pivot at every level of our company.

 

Agile in Action: Unleashing the Power of Adaptability and Flexibility

One of our global food and beverage manufacturing clients worked in Waterfall before starting their Agile transformation in 2020. 


When we signed on for an Xamarin app development project in 2016, we began running into roadblocks that stemmed from a Waterfall environment. As the project scope continued to grow and team roles and requirements changed, it only became clearer that Waterfall was going to require a much larger budget and effort than anticipated.



What did we do? We opened the discussion with our client on why making the transition to Agile would be beneficial to the teams and project outcomes. Coincidentally, this enterprise customer began the Agile transformation process company-wide. 


Thanks to our ability to establish strong business relationships at the forefront of taking on the project, we provided the support and assurance needed for our client to feel confident switching to Agile. 


While Agile transformation takes time, we’ve made great strides in project speed and efficiency and implementing Agile roles, including an Integrant scrum master.


Work in an Agile Software Development Outsourcing Environment

Integrant lives and breathes the Agile methodology. Thanks to Agile, we have many lasting business relationships and successful project outcomes to show for as a company. Along with Agile, we have incredible team members and roles that assist in making the environment at Integrant a collaborative and thriving place. 


For your next project, work with a team that excels in Agile software development outsourcing solutions and has the necessary tools to ensure the security, longevity, and prosperity of your software. Contact with one of our experts today for a free consultation.

Agile Software Development Outsourcing: Embracing Flexibility and Efficiency for Success

Posted on : 11 May, 10:00 PM


Our number one priority for every software development project is creating an ecosystem, so 100% of our projects are deemed a success. 


A successful Agile software development outsourcing project is defined as one that meets schedule, cost, and scope. 


According to a 2020 report, 42% of surveyed software projects using Agile methodology were considered successful, while that number for Waterfall was only 13%. 



Why does this matter? When it comes to Waterfall vs Agile development, there's a difference.


Software development projects are enormous undertakings with lots of moving parts and complexities. Using Agile, almost half of the time, projects meet schedule, cost, and scope.


With Waterfall, that number dwindles to 13%. Imagine knowing there's a high probability that you will need to allocate additional time and resources to a project shortly after it's kicked off.



That's part of why we love working with and delivering signature iterative Agile software development outsourcing solutions. It lends itself to more creativity and problem-solving and an inclusive, collaborative environment that leads to a better product overall. 


But don't get us wrong; we're entirely comfortable with Waterfall vs. Agile methodology as well. After 30 years in the software development industry, if there's one thing we get, it's how to make different project management styles for the SDLC work to our advantage.


Still, there can be variances in how Agile is implemented from project to project. How do we make this work for us?


First, we’ve made sure to have Integrant roles specific to the success of Agile.



Adding scrum masters and product owners has been instrumental in furthering our success with Agile. We've found that these roles can be as effective when outsourced as in-house with our customers and alleviate the stress of hiring this specific role.  


Second, we truly understand each customer's processes and domain before beginning any project. This, along with Integrant tools such as our 4Plus1 Shadow Engineering ProgramExtended Notice, and CodeVoyance, all lend themselves to the success of our Agile ecosystem.


Waterfall Versus Agile: Which Methodology Suits Your Software Development Project


Agile vs Waterfall Development

Agile is a self-organized, team-centered approach to software development. When working in Agile, teams move through projects via sprints instead of schedules. A typical sprint will last 1-4 weeks. At the end of each sprint, there are inspect and adapt checkpoints in the form of sprint reviews and retrospectives. 


In sprint reviews, we demonstrate to our customers what was created in the previous sprint and collect feedback. In retrospectives, the team reviews the processes used in doing the work and gathers feedback on how to improve them. 


But Agile isn’t without its faults. Agile can make it more difficult to estimate cost because of its iterative nature. There is also potential for a lack of documentation, which leads to challenges in onboarding developers.



At Integrant, to combat potential issues that may arise due to Agile challenges, we have instilled programs to assist with project stability and knowledge transfer and effective estimates and deadlines, such as our unique tool, CodeVoyance, to demonstrate real-time updates for every phase of the project and help predict results. 


The Agile process makes reviewing work easy for clients, stakeholders, and team members in addition to building team morale, having functional code in each stage of development, and preventing resource- and time-draining bugs from having to rework significant parts of your application.



Waterfall vs Agile Development

Regarding Waterfall vs Agile development, it takes a linear approach. Much like a natural Waterfall, a project will progress in a fixed flow toward the finish line. In a Waterfall versus Agile approach, each stage must be completed before moving on to the next part of the process.



By utilizing the Waterfall vs. Agile methodology, the project scope can be clearly defined with requirements outlined at the start of a project. This can lend itself to a more precise roadmap and goal setting. This detailed documentation also means onboarding new team members is easier as there are ready-to-go references. 


On the other hand, Waterfall makes it difficult to change scope or implement unexpected but necessary changes mid-project. Let’s say a project evolves, and there is a must-have feature that a customer needs to be implemented. Once into the development stage, it would be hard to change the architecture to accommodate a new feature or incorporate it into the project timeline and budget.


Scrum Masters: Navigating the Agile Landscape with Expertise



One crucial role in the success of an Agile environment is the scrum master. 


Scrum masters play a leadership role in Agile project management. While they wear many hats to ensure team and project success, scrum masters facilitate the Agile framework and serve as extra peace of mind to clients that their project is running as it should.


Scrum masters work towards establishing transparency regarding the team's capability of delivering valuable results to stakeholders and work to communicate and remove any roadblocks that may appear. 


Our Integrant scrum masters work tirelessly at the upkeep of our Agile environment. With culture being a critical component to success in Agile, we ensure that every team member is committed to the Agile way and ready to review and pivot at every level of our company.

 

Agile in Action: Unleashing the Power of Adaptability and Flexibility

One of our global food and beverage manufacturing clients worked in Waterfall before starting their Agile transformation in 2020. 


When we signed on for an Xamarin app development project in 2016, we began running into roadblocks that stemmed from a Waterfall environment. As the project scope continued to grow and team roles and requirements changed, it only became clearer that Waterfall was going to require a much larger budget and effort than anticipated.



What did we do? We opened the discussion with our client on why making the transition to Agile would be beneficial to the teams and project outcomes. Coincidentally, this enterprise customer began the Agile transformation process company-wide. 


Thanks to our ability to establish strong business relationships at the forefront of taking on the project, we provided the support and assurance needed for our client to feel confident switching to Agile. 


While Agile transformation takes time, we’ve made great strides in project speed and efficiency and implementing Agile roles, including an Integrant scrum master.


Work in an Agile Software Development Outsourcing Environment

Integrant lives and breathes the Agile methodology. Thanks to Agile, we have many lasting business relationships and successful project outcomes to show for as a company. Along with Agile, we have incredible team members and roles that assist in making the environment at Integrant a collaborative and thriving place. 


For your next project, work with a team that excels in Agile software development outsourcing solutions and has the necessary tools to ensure the security, longevity, and prosperity of your software. Contact with one of our experts today for a free consultation.


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