Why Nearshore? The Ability to be Agile

Agile methodologies allow software development companies to deliver higher quality software through collaborating with their clients, which leads to optimal development efficiency since the software is being proactively created to meet clients’ needs. Agile companies focus on following four core values to develop software efficiently – Individuals and Interaction, Working Software, Customer Collaboration, and Responding to Change.1

The Values of Agile Methodologies

Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools

The value of putting individuals and their interactions as a higher priority than processes and tools is the foundation of the Agile methods. When software development teams focus more on their relationship with the client, they are building a group dynamic that allows for clearer communication.

Clients know how they want their software to perform; however, they may not have the skills, knowledge, or time to understand the technical aspect of development. To supplement, clients bring in the expertise of a software development team that must understand the detailed needs of the software being developed.

The best way to understand the needs of the client and their software is to have strong, two-way communication. In placing priority on establishing a high-level of communication, the client and the development team are dedicated to the efficiency of building the highest quality software to market and usually in less time the traditional approaches.

Working Software Over Comprehensive Documentation

Other methods of software development focus on completing the software to reach Beta-testing, where the software is tested and fixed of any bugs or glitches. By implementing this method of software development, clients allow time for mistakes in coding or other issues to build up into more complex problems that will need to be fixed overtime. Fixing mounting problems at the end is inefficient, which can delay the completion of the software due to increased uncertainty in the complexity of the problems.

Agile methodologies are less susceptible to developing errors because of its repetitive approach, where software is coded and tested in segments to completion. This idea of coding software to maintain a high standard of functionality is otherwise known as Working Software.2 By completing and delivering software in installments, problems are solved throughout the process. This keeps development momentum stable to completion and helps to ensure client satisfaction throughout the process.

Customer Collaboration Over Contract Negotiation

The value of “customer collaboration over contract negotiation” speaks to the way that software developers, who use Agile methodologies, define their relationship with the client.3 Agile methodologies focus more on collaboration with the client through opening opportunities for their involvement in the software development process creating more precise software.

Other methods of software development define the relationship between the developer and the client at the contract level. This results in developers creating software that meets minimum requirements as set by the contract, which can lead to time exhaustive conflicts if the software doesn’t meet client expectations.

Responding to Change Over Following a Plan

Agile methodologies dictate that development teams are flexible to the changing demands of the market and the client. This is because Agile teams use schedules and burn-down charts in their iterative delivery approach that accommodates to change easier than a sturdy project plan.4 Creating software in intervals also gives team’s better control over the Technical Debt (i.e. overall consequences and rework needed) of development – a deliberate decision to use patch solutions to reach a testable phase.5

Technical Debt allows development teams to check that features and additional functionality is feasible with the software’s architecture.6 This can save the software development team time by giving them a clearer vision of foreseeable problems that would otherwise disrupt their momentum.

Seven Years of Agile Methodologies at Tiempo Development

Agile methodologies have been adapted, which allow for an efficient process where software developers can create the highest quality software in the least amount of time. The repetitive delivery approach creates a more complete software that is less prone to steps being unnecessarily repeated in the development process. For more information on how Tiempo Development uses Agile methodologies for efficient software development fast results, read our whitepaper about the Tiempo Quality System (TQS).

    1. Kent B. “Manifesto for Agile Software Development”. Agile Manifesto. http://www.agilemanifesto.org/
    2. Marc M. “Benefits of Agile and User Centered Design”. Thought Works. https://www.thoughtworks.com/insights/blog/agile-and-user-centered-design

    3. Ibid.

    4. Scott O. “What Does the Agile Manifesto Mean”. Scrum Alliance. https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2013/2013-april/what-does-the-agile-manifesto-mean

    5. Ward C. The WyCash Portoflio Management System. OOPSLA ’92 Experience Report. http://c2.com/doc/oopsla92.html

    6. Dan R. “Escaping the black hole of technical debt”. Atlassian. https://www.atlassian.com/agile/technical-debt