Agile software development has delivered real results to our clients by reducing delivery time and costs, and increasing client satisfaction. The continuous client engagement promotes an efficient and rewarding client relationship and allows us to deliver even more business value to our clients with a shorter return on investment.
PA Consulting Group was constantly asking the question: ‘How do we maximise the chances of delivering the business value clients need from their software?’ We determined that it needed a development lifecycle that:
understands and focuses on the client’s critical business needs
makes sure that the development team is aligned with the client’s goals
recognises that change happens and enables it
allows software to evolve based on frequent stakeholder feedback
produces deliverable software early, and throughout the development.
PA's Agile development process performs nearly every software development activity simultaneously.
This is achieved by dividing the development into many short time boxed iterations. In every iteration, the team does the iteration planning, a bit of design, a bit of coding, a bit of testing, and delivers a release. The workload is based on prioritised user stories.
For every iteration, the team commits to deliver a set of user stories. At the end of the iteration, the software is deployed for internal review, demonstration or even client release. This is paramount in bringing a greater degree of control and visibility to all the parties involved in the project.
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