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Finding Value in Agile Software Development

Agile Software DevelopmentAsk someone the most effective method to develop software and you’ll likely get a wide range of answers. There really is no right or wrong way. It’s really just a matter of using what is most effective for your team.

Two of the most popular methods, Waterfall and Agile, both have their place in software development but in contrasting scenarios. Waterfall uses clear requirements gathered before the development starts. Agile uses incremental development in the form of short “sprints”.

Our development team has always found the Agile software development method to work best and we highlight the reasons below.

Waterfall vs. Agile

As mentioned earlier, the waterfall method is built around all the requirements being gathered before any development occurs. Detailed documentation of how the new software is supposed to look and act are agreed upon by the customer and development team ahead of time.

The software development process then goes through a number of stages from design all the way down to installation and maintenance. The reason it is called the waterfall method is that each stage follows from the previous one when it has been completed, cascading down like a waterfall.

This makes the waterfall approach somewhat inflexible. Customers are often unclear about their requirements initially and waterfall makes it difficult to change the requirements later on. Such changes require more time, and therefore, project cost increases.

On the other hand, Agile software development is based on incremental development. This means that you create deliverables early and refine them through several iterations with the customer. Requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration among customers and development teams.

Less time is invested upfront for documenting requirements when the development process uses Agile. Instead, successful delivery is in part dependent on customer feedback regarding new releases of the software. Customers often gain a better idea of their requirements as the software development progresses. This approach makes it much easier for customer requirement changes to be made on the fly.

Benefits of Agile Development

So what’s the benefit with using Agile? In the world of software development, the benefits are plentiful.

Reduces Risk

What business doesn’t want to reduce risk?

The Agile approach provides a far better opportunity to mitigate risks as they arise.  Being responsive to change instead of following a plan as with waterfall, risks can be addressed before spinning out of control.

This is accomplished by breaking down the development process into “sprints” or short, iterative time frames of development. At the end of each sprint, a working release of the software is provided to the customer. Sprints allow the development team to adapt quickly to changing needs during each individual sprint. This prevents the team from having to practically start over from the beginning to work any new requirements in.

Accommodate Change in Development

Changes in needs and scope have always been primary sources of trouble for a software development project. It often leads to late delivery, missed schedules, and unsatisfied customers. But the iterative approach takes changing requirements into account from the beginning.

Users are going to change their minds as the software is developed—it’s inevitable. And they have every right to do it. As they learn more about the technology, their own business needs, and see working releases of the software, new ideas and requirements are created. Forcing users to accept the system as originally imagined is not just unrealistic, but detrimental to the success of their business.

Higher Quality Software

With an iterative approach, flaws are detected and corrected earlier in the software development lifecycle. Performance and functionality issues discovered early can be reduced, as opposed to being discovered at project delivery. QA testing through each sprint, as opposed to executing toward the end of the project, results in a more thoroughly tested product. Since all these critical functions are tested time and again over several iterations, the result is higher quality software when handed off to the customer.

All these benefits combine to achieve what all businesses want – saved time and money. Each provides a small piece of the puzzle in speeding up project delivery times and thus, reducing cost. The benefit of having flexibility in a project, especially software development, allows a business to find higher project success rates.

Has your business adopted the Agile methodology? Tell us why or why not.

For more information on our software development services, please contact us.

Posted: November 27th, 2012
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News Feature – tripchi

News Feature - tripchitripchi, a leisure app for the business traveler, was recently featured in CNBC’s World’s Most Promising New Companies. SerpicoDEV serves as the software development partner for tripchi and would like to congratulate CEO Chandra Jacobs for this high distinction.

tripchi is a mobile app that helps business travelers find actionable things to do during their down-time. It is explicitly designed for the business traveler–this means it focuses on usability and speed to get to relevant and actionable recommendations. In doing so tripchi removes the fluff that leisure travelers care about but business travelers don’t, and cuts right to the chase to get the business traveler onward to interesting activities.

With tripchi, you can be on your way to something interesting to do in five minutes or less–whether it’s catching a concert, noshing at a local favorite, or getting your culture on, tripchi allows you to have instant gratification. It captures your personality in 3 steps, with adaptive/learning algorithms incorporating your interactions, and analysis of your social media profiles, to cut down the number of questions to answer. The recommendations served up include all the information needed to have you on your way, including pictures, a description, reviews, directions, and purchasing ability.

Chandra is currently based in Boston, where she is gaining momentum for tripchi in the local market as well as nationally as seen by this CNBC feature. You can follow Chandra’s blog about travel, entrepreneurship, and random adventures at therestlessroad.wordpress.com.

Read more about tripchi on our client spotlight, including a behind the scenes look at the development process. Look for the app to be available in the iPhone app store soon.

For more information on SerpicoDEV and our software development services, please contact us.

Posted: November 16th, 2012
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Client Spotlight: tripchi – The Leisure App for Business Travel

Our client spotlight this week gives us an inside look at tripchi, an application that assists business travelers in finding activities during their down-time.  Serpico DEV has a great working relationship with tripchi and CEO, Chandra Jacobs, as a software developer of the mobile application.

tripchi - A leisure App for Business Travel

The Product

tripchi is a mobile app that helps business travelers find actionable things to do during their down-time. It is explicitly designed for the business traveler–this means it focuses on usability and speed to get to relevant and actionable recommendations. In doing so tripchi removes the fluff that leisure travelers care about but business travelers don’t, and cuts right to the chase to get the business traveler onward to interesting activities.

With tripchi, you can be on your way to something interesting to do in five minutes or less–whether it’s catching a concert, noshing at a local favorite, or getting your culture on, tripchi allows you to have instant gratification. It captures your personality in 3 steps, with adaptive/learning algorithms incorporating your interactions, and analysis of your social media profiles, to cut down the number of questions to answer. The recommendations served up include all the information needed to have you on your way, including pictures, a description, reviews, directions, and purchasing ability.

The Platform

The tripchi iPhone application was developed utilizing the MonoTouch platform and Objective C programming language. This method provides the highest scalability and offers a primary advantage of sharing code across devices, making it available for Android and future Windows 8 development. The Android version of tripchi is currently in development using MonoAndroid and the native code, which will speed up compilation and application performance.

The Process

A major factor in the delivery of a successful software development project is collaboration between the client and development team. Serpico DEV and tripchi engage in an agile development process driven by constant interaction and communication. Daily scrum meetings and weekly feedback from the tripchi management team ensures the application is developed in accordance with user requirements. Serpico DEV takes pride in this “hands-on” approach as it allows clients to make their vision a reality in the most efficient way. Constant collaboration between clients and development teams help the project be delivered on time and within budget, benefiting everyone involved.

tripchi will launch on the iPhone app store soon.  Visit the website and sign up to be the first to know! And, if you’re a business traveler, you can also take the tripchi survey on business travel habits for market research purposes.

For more information on Serpico DEV’s software development services, please contact us.

Posted: November 1st, 2012
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