What is Agile development?

Agile software development or abbreviated Agile is a framework for software development based on the principles of iterative and incremental development where user needs are implemented by self-organized, multi-functional development teams.

 Agile promotes adaptive planning, time-boxed iterations, encourages rapid and flexible response to change and constant feedback of all stakeholders in the development through frequent inspect - and- adapt activities. Software is delivered iteratively with the highest business value to customers developed first. Agile development involves collaboration of all stakeholders and supports fast and efficient decision-making.

Agile Manifesto introduced the concept of agility in software development in 2001. Since then, the agile movement, with all its values, methods, practices, tools, champions and practitioners, significantly changed the landscape of modern software development. With the start of the agile movements, numerous agile methods and frameworks were born such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban, Extreme Programming (XP), Discipline Agile Development (DAD), Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), etc. Although each of agile methods and frameworks are unique in its specific approach, they all share a common vision and core values that originate from the Agile Manifesto. The most popular Agile framework is Scrum today and you can read more about Scrum in our blog What is Scrum? where we talk about Scrum and what are its most important characteristics.

If you want to learn more about agile approach for developing software, we recommend the free Agile for Dummies e- book. In addition to the e-book, we recommend the most important Agile organizations that provide a lot of useful information Agile AllianceScrum Alliance and Scrum.org.

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Fariz Saračević
Author: Fariz SaračevićWebsite: http://www.linkedin.com/in/fsaracev
Senior Product Manager | Professional Scrum Master
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Fariz Saračević is a Professional Scrum Master. He is a member of IBM Rational Product Management and Design team, responsible for IBM Rational solution for Agile ALM (https://jazz.net/agile/) and JazzHub (https://hub.jazz.net/) scenario design. He is working closely with other IBM Rational leads to define and advance Agile and JazzHub capabilities. Prior to taking scenario design role, Fariz was leading IBM Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) and he was part of Automated Software Quality Product Management team responsible for automated functional solutions. Fariz co-authored "Software Test Engineering with IBM Rational Functional Tester: The Definitive Resource" book and he is writer and co-writer of several articles. He has worked for IBM Rational since 2004. He is a speaker at a wide variety of world-wide conferences on the topic of Agile ALM. He holds a Master in Information Technology degree from Virginia Tech and Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University.

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