The following are specific aspects of the Agile method of working on products as a team. Each not only answers to a specific step in the process but also captures the essence of the work philosophy.
Know the expectations of the customer
It is important to know the expectations the customer.Without the customer, there would have been no job. So without the details of the customer’s expectation, It would be no way to develop program or product in the way the customer expected. Also in the business setting, you wouldn’t get paid if the product did not meet the expectations. The expectation should be simple and should describe exactly what it means to use the product.
Break the expectations down to manageable levels
Once you have the clearly stated expectations, they can be broken out into more manageable steps that will be created over the course of the product’s development. These steps are essential to the product’s functionality. Each of these steps should be evaluated based on the amount of time it would take to complete it.
Plan the expected work
The work required to produce the product can now be scheduled. The timetables can be made more predictable and exact points of completion are specifically outlined. Each part should contribute to the overall product and the customer’s expectations.
Assign tasks as required over a period of time
During the development of the product, it should be able to adapt to changes in technology, expectations, or circumstances. Research may reveal an alternative answer to a problem. Due to the constant work, and open communications approach, problems, and solutions can be made up as testing reveals.
Maintain constant work and open communications
The team should be making marked progress throughout the development process. By pausing the development it is easy to loose the pace. Team members would have to reorientate themselves when they return to work on it. Additionally, the frequent communications enable a flow of information from one person to another. Ensuring that each member is on the right path and that they have no issues standing in their way.
Identify issues early
By developing in parts, each portion can be tested before being fully implemented into the final product. This allows for the opportunity to identify and correct issues quickly. Waiting till the full product is assembled and spending an extended amount of time bug fixing reduces flexibility. There are moments where the functionality of one part is completely incompatible with another. This would require entire sections of the code to be rewritten. Situations like this would be identified quickly through the rapid iterative processes.
Insured completed work meets expectations
Always return to the expectations of the customer. Ensure that the functionality of the product meets the expectations and that no functionality subtracts from this. This step keeps the product aligned and on target.
Share with the product owner
The product owner has the right to know the progress of the development. Allowing them to have a say in the development is important. Just as circumstances occur to change the course of the product, the customer can also change their mind in expectations as they see it develop. They can give insights into areas where they feel that the functionalities may have to change or be redeveloped to properly meet their needs.
Finally, the documentation must be complete. It should be able to explain the product’s functionality, purpose, and expectations. It should be able to inform future developers of the technology used, and the reasons for those choices. The code should be commented. Instructions on how to use the product should be provided upon delivery.