The customer is highly engaged in the process
The client is always participating in the project and can witness the advancements in development. Getting a close look at how things evolve enables him to get a better idea of what are the needs while the developers get a deeper understanding of the client’s requirements.
Easily adapt to changes
In all projects we might face some sorts of changes and the fact that Agile development is an iterative & incremental process, makes it much easier to adapt to changes. Teams are continuously adapting the product to the business needs & changes in requirements.
Discover issues early in the process
The priority is to produce an actual working software that the customer can evaluate. Regularly, there are some sorts of checkups to verify that all is working as it should be during the development. By incorporating continuous integration and daily testing, the team is always aware of issues and ready to fix them. The sooner the better!
Get a high software quality
A good Agile team will use practices like pair programming to be sure that the code is technically solid. Also it’s important to mention that the focus is on testing, refactoring, reliability & maintainability.
Transparency is key
In Agile development one thing is sure, as the client, you have high transparency & visibility. In fact, customers are involved throughout the project and functionalities are regularly demonstrated. By using tools like Jira, both parties are able to see how the project is advancing. Also, as there are regular sprint meetings, the communication is always at its best.
Lower risks of failure
As mentioned, the idea to have a working product at the end of each sprint, this means that every few weeks, you already have a working software. It’s all about iterations & adapting to the “real” user’s needs. Having a working software that is tested on clients and by getting a regular valuable feedback during the whole project, enables you to make changes to better suit their needs.
Think about cost efficiency
The client pays once that the sprint is done and is mainly based on the work delivered. As full transparency is very important, the clients are able to know the costs of each functionality and can therefore judge if it’s necessary or not and decide if they want it or not.
Agile development is a tool that is more and more used in software development because as we have seen, it provides great benefits not only to the development team, but also to the client, prioritizing the business needs.
Lea Karam is a dedicated and motivated Inbound Marketing professional working at Apiumhub, a software development company. Passionate about latest technologies & Agile project management in general, Lea regularly writes about topics concerning the tech & digital industry.