What Is Agile Methodology and How Does It Work?

What is Agile methodology? Well, Agile is not exactly a methodology. Technically, Agile is a set of values and principles. Agile can also be thought of as a family of different frameworks or methods–Scrum is currently the most popular of those frameworks. Let’s break down the top 5 differences between Agile and other, more traditional approaches.

Top 5 Things That Differentiate Agile Approaches from Traditional Approaches (like waterfall):

  1. Rapid delivery cycles where a new version of the product is created (typically) every 1 to 4 weeks
  2. Empowered, self-organizing teams that have all the skills to create and validate an entire product
  3. A laser-like focus on prioritization and working on only the most important things
  4. A clear decision maker (the Product Owner) who is accountable for prioritization and the overall value of the product
  5. A coach or Scrum Master who facilitates and coaches the team to help them become even more amazing

You can find more about Scrum from the Scrum Alliance and Scrum Guides.

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Steve Spearman

Steve Spearman is a CST and Agile coach with over 30 years of experience in corporate software development settings including 20 years in a variety of leadership roles. In his last corporate role, he was the sponsor for his business unit’s transition to Scrum. Steve is an Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and coach with great passion for Scrum but pragmatic enough to engage with you at different levels of transformational maturity. Steve’s varied experience as an engineer, architect, project manager and leader at Bell Labs, Lucent, Avaya and Cisco systems helps him relate to your real world transformational challenges.

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