Finding the right Agile framework for your software development project

Agile software development is widely used globally, across organizations of all kinds. However, Agile is never “just Agile.” With such a broad array of businesses that have adopted it as a delivery mechanism, many different Agile delivery frameworks have now been developed. These include Scrum, Scrumban, and Kanban, among others. The question for any organization looking to use Agile is: which framework is best for them?

Matching your needs to Agile frameworks

So you want to adopt an Agile approach to your work. Now the question is, which framework is best suited to your business? Don’t make the all-too-common mistake of choosing a framework merely because it is popular. Scrum is widely used, but perhaps it does not fit your enterprise. To choose the right framework, go back to basics and examine the nature of the problems you are looking to solve. The Cynefin framework can be helpful in this regard. It presents a fourfold model of organizational problems. By placing your specific problems into one of these categories, you give yourself a clearer picture of what you are dealing with, and you can then choose your Agile framework to match that type of problem.

Once you have a good understanding of where your project fits into this model, it is quite simple to choose the appropriate Agile framework. Complex problems are best suited to Scrum and XP – lightweight frameworks that allow developers to experiment and test to assess how viable their solutions are at every step. Complicated workflows are best solved using Lean or Kanban. These two frameworks are especially good for optimizing workflows and coordinating several competing goals, problems, and possible solutions. For more obvious problems, traditional software development approaches are perfectly sufficient, or you could opt for Waterfall. With the way forward being so clear and uncomplicated, Agile is not really needed. On the other hand, if you are trying to master chaos, Agile simply won’t help at all. Chaotic problems put development teams in firefighting mode, constantly looking in all directions for possible new challenges and requirements. A freeflow, trial and error approach is the only solution, and there would be no point in applying Agile.

Here is a closer look at the various Agile frameworks and their attributes:

  • Scrum: Probably the best-known Agile framework, the Scrum methodology breaks a project down into different stages or cycles, which are described as sprints. By managing each sprint, one at a time, the development time is maximized and dedicated, enabling the development team to focus their energies on a set of mini-goals, one after the other, building up to completion one step at a time.
  • Kanban: The name of this methodology comes from the Japanese word for “visual board” or “signboard”. It uses visual methods to develop and manage projects. The Kanban board is divided into columns that visually depict the process flow.
  • XP: Extreme Programming (XP) much like Scrum does, in that it breaks a development project up into sprints or short development cycles. The emphasis here is on teamwork on feedback, with a push for constant development and customer satisfaction.
  • Crystal: This is a group of smaller Agile development methodologies, each assigned a particular color (Yellow, Red, Orange, Clear, etc.) Each one has its own set of features depending on its primary goals and focuses, as well as factors such as team size, criticality, and project priorities.
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM): DSDM provides a comprehensive structure for software development, to standardize the development and delivery processes for maximum quality and customer satisfaction. The DSDM structure helps development teams to create a plan, execute, manage, and scale the procedure of a development project.
  • Feature-driven development (FDD): FDD breaks development projects down into specific features. The team starts by creating an overarching plan of the project, then narrows it down to focus on each factor in turn. The team plans each characteristic, creates designs according to each individual characteristic, and then starts to build piece by piece. Using this piecemeal approach, a development team can drive a project forward incrementally and at a steady pace.
  • Lean: This popular methodology is based on seven principles:
    • Eliminate what doesn’t matter
    • Focus on quality development
    • Knowledge creation
    • Defer commitments (i.e. don’t commit to any goals or deadlines until you have a thorough understanding of what is required and what can be delivered)
    • Deliver promptly
    • Respect the team
    • Optimize the whole
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): SAFe involves a set of organizational patterns for implementing Agile practices at enterprise level. It is a relatively light framework that still maintains centralized decision making.

Let Giga IT guide you through the software development process

At Giga IT, we master all the necessary approaches for all four of these scenarios. We can tackle software development with a traditional or Waterfall approach, or we can go into Agile mode for more complex projects. We work closely with our customers to assess their software development needs and then choose and implement the appropriate solution. Whatever software development goals you may have, our Agile dedicated teams help you meet them. Contact us today and tell us about your project. We will soon have the right team and the right Agile framework in place to solve problems innovatively, effectively, and on time.  

The benefits of hiring an Agile dedicated team

Today’s software market is incredibly competitive. As a result, many companies have started outsourcing software development tasks and projects. By employing an Agile dedicated team, companies can avoid spending too much time and resources on recruitment and get the technological expertise they’re looking for.

What exactly is an Agile dedicated team?

An Agile dedicated team is a group of software professionals, including engineers, designers, product managers, project managers, and more. You can temporarily hire this group of specialists to work on a specific software development project for your company.

This team will work autonomously, but will communicate with your company. The team will also dedicate all their time and resources to the assigned project, so you can rest assured that they’ll get the job done properly.

Here are some of the other benefits of working with dedicated Agile teams:

Focused approach

One of the main advantages of working with an Agile dedicated team is that the team will dedicate all its time and effort to your specific project. This way, the team becomes immersed in your company’s work culture, goals, values, and more.

The team will also commit to your preferred management practices and is set on reaching your business goals and meeting deadlines.

Instant access to top talent

Finding the right team members can be incredibly time-consuming and costly. You need to source the right candidates, screen them, consider their expertise, and more. Moreover, you’ll need to invest in training, HR and IT support, additional office space and more.

All this precious time and money should rather be spent on achieving business goals and getting projects done.

Fortunately, by relying on a dedicated Agile team, you can avoid all the recruitment and administrative tasks. The outsourcing company will find the perfect candidates for you, while considering your preferred agile team size, company culture, project specifications, and more.

As a result, working with a dedicated team is more affordable than hiring in-house employees. The dedicated team will also provide the same or even better results, while you focus on other crucial business objectives.

Increased productivity

In order to succeed in the software market, you need to have a productive team that can meet deadlines easily. This way, you can take over competitors and gain a competitive advantage. 

With an Agile dedicated team, you’ll have access to a highly efficient group of professionals that’s fully committed to your project. You’ll also get a cohesive team since the team members have worked alongside one another previously. They also understand Agile best practices and will motivate one other to maintain productivity and achieve your goals.

Benefits of hiring Giga-IT

If you’re looking for a reliable Agile dedicated team, visit the Giga IT website today.

GigaIT provides Agile dedicated teams to help you complete your IT projects. When you partner with us, you will have a highly customized solution that has been designed to meet the needs of your project.. Your company can be as involved as you want to be. We can manage the entire process for you, or you can assign your own project managers, developers, or other resources to the team to work alongside us. Your project will have a Delivery Manager who will be responsible for communicating the progress of your project with you.

Here are a few other benefits of hiring Giga IT:

  • We can assemble the required team quickly. They will be ready to begin when you are.
  • Giga IT will manage the team from start to finish. This way, you can focus on other important tasks.
  • You’ll get a completely unique and custom team that suits your needs and budget.

With Giga IT, you’ll get access to a productive Agile team and the knowledge of our seasoned and professional engineers to get your project moving.

Contact us today to experience the benefits of hiring an Agile dedicated team!