Agile Development Methods

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

agile development methodsIn the software development process, agile development methods are a set of procedures that dictate the ways in which multiple teams of developers collaborate on a project. The term "agile software development" was introduced in 2001 in a document known as the Agile Manifesto.

Development projects that use agile software development focus on adapting to the changing nature of goals rather than predicting ahead of time what those goals will be. They do this by employing an iterative process in which goals are re-evaluated as necessary to move the project forward. The Agile Manifesto outlines the underlying concepts of agile development, which are stated as:

"We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

...That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more."

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