Anyone dealing with Software Development come across problems popping up during the planning of large-scale, long term projects where multiple teams are involved: client is often not 100% sure of their needs or expected outcomes, so new ideas and changes are requested during course of project development. This results to often disappointed clients due to mismathc of their expecations.
Quite a few projects flops as they fail to identify the requirements and focus on the essentials. Sometimes it might so happen that though the project is a success, they do not get paid well enough for the effort they have put. It is important to well plan the budget and manage estimates for your clients such that it works out for both. Agile development comes to rescue in such a situation. The development cycle is full of interactions in Agile development approach. We at valuebound are happy to incorporate such a profitable methodology.
Our experience over the years has taught us that, it is far better to create something small and be focused on something that works effectively than accepting huge projects that expect too much to do in a small time. We at Valuebound(Drupal Solutions), have come across and observed numerous projects that have suffered huge cost overruns, delays, and worse, even complete failures for one chief reason. The major reason behind all these problems is that they tried to do too much all at once and too soon.
We see to it that the project should get deployed in a matter of few weeks or months rather than getting stuck in a giant, uncontrollable project that never tastes success. It is very easy to conceptualize an enormous and perfect project with all sorts of functionality. However, the truth is that the larger and more ambitious the project, the less likely it will launch on time and within budget. Then again, it is almost impossible to estimate accurately how long a process will take and how much it will cost, unless the process is very precisely defined and accurately scoped. Luckily enough, there is a solution to fix the problem of haywire and overambitious development strategy. The solution lies in Agile Development. The premise behind Agile is that you:
- Precisely describe a vision
- Suggest a wish list of features
- Weigh each feature according to its estimate time and cost to develop
- Rank and prioritize these features based on their impact or value at the lowest cost, and shortest amount of time to deliver
- A short 2-3 week sprint that enables you to deliver completed functionality
At the end of every sprint, you should have been able to complete the deliverables that contribute to a greater goal, strategy or objective. After this you can deploy software releases that contain the design, developed, and tested deliverables of one or more sprints.
The advantage of Agile Development is that you are able to see the results faster. You can get the results into the hands of the clients more quickly, then get feedback on these deliverables. Once you have the feedback of your clients, then you can use them to determine the future direction of the project. One more important side of this is that if the project was to lose funding or leadership, then you will have complete, functional software that is deployed and working. All the work that’s done would have been put to use and nothing has been wasted completely.
To know more about our Agile Development strategy for Drupal, you can contact us anytime.