Agile methodologies are a set of practices and values that prioritize adaptability,
collaboration and customer satisfaction in developing a solution, and are currently
used by organizations of all sizes and in different sectors. Here, we will discuss
the origins of agile methodologies, their fundamental principles and the reasons why
they've become so popular.
The Agile Manifesto was published in 2001, as a response to certain perceived failures of
traditional methodologies until then, such as the Waterfall model. The authors of the Agile Manifesto
recognized that the traditional solution development approach, focused on
detailed planning and strict adherence to a schedule, it was no longer
appropriate in a rapidly changing business environment. They argued that the
key to success was to focus on delivering a functional solution that met the
customer needs rather than following a rigid plan.
The principles of agile methodologies are based on several key values, including:
– Indivíduos e interações > processos e ferramentas
– Solução funcional > documentação completa
– Colaboração do cliente > negociação de contratos
– Responder à mudança > seguir um plano
These values reflect a shift from a traditional approach focused on creating
detailed plans and following a strict schedule, for a company that prioritizes flexibility and
collaboration. Agile methodologies emphasize the importance of close collaboration between
technical team, customers and other interested parties, as well as the ability to respond
quickly and meet changing requirements. This is achieved through meetings
(or rites), such as daily meetings (known as Daily), and the use of agile practices,
such as pair programming and continuous integration. These practices help ensure that
everyone is aligned with the project objectives and that everyone has an understanding
of the progress made. This collaborative approach leads to better results, as
everyone is working together towards the same goal.
One of the main benefits of these methodologies is the ability to accommodate changes and
uncertainties. In traditional methodologies, the known changes in project requirements
often led to significant delays and excessive costs, as the entire plan would have
to be reviewed. In contrast, in agile, change is embraced as a natural part of the
process and requirements can and should be adjusted as necessary.
Another important benefit is the emphasis on deliverables throughout the journey, which allows
customers and stakeholders to track progress and still provide
feedback on the solution as it is being developed, rather than waiting until the
end of the project. This feedback can be incorporated into the development process,
leading to a better result for the customer.
As old methodologies, therefore, become one of the most comprehensive approaches
equipped for the development of solutions in recent years due to its focus on
adaptability, collaboration and customer satisfaction. However, it is important to note that
these methodologies are not a one-size-fits-all solution that may not be adequate
for all projects or organizations. It is important to understand the key principles
and determine whether they are suitable for your organization before embarking on
an agile project.
One of the implementation challenges is the need for cultural change within the
organizations, since agile methodologies require a significant change in the way
solutions are developed and this can be difficult for companies that are
accustomed to working in a more traditional way. Yet another challenge is the need
of effective communication and collaboration between technical team, customers and other interested parties,
which requires a clear understanding of the project objectives and a
commitment to work together to achieve these goals. It is also important to have a
clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each person involved in the project and
ensure that everyone is aligned with the project objectives.
Therefore, for agile methodologies to be implemented effectively, the company and/or
the area need to be committed to making the necessary cultural change and investing in
the development of effective communication and collaboration. By adopting an agile mindset and
using tools like sprints and product backlogs, your business may have a solution
that is better, faster and then achieve your goals more efficiently.
If you are interested in implementing agile in your company, or in stimulating and polishing the
methodology that already exists in your team's daily life, Grupo LPJ is the answer.