5 Useful Posts on Agile and Non-Agile Software Development Methodologies

There are two most popular and prominent methods to develop your sofware – Agile and non-Agile (Waterfall). Which method will ensure the success of your project development process? Well, we can give you some tips based on our long-term experience in this field. There’s a number of articles in our blog, describing both Agile and non-Agile software development methodologies, and how we applied them for our clients and internal projects. These 5 articles are written to help you in your web application development effort. And we do believe they help.

1. Non-Agile (Waterfall) Methodology

The waterfall model represents a sequencial model of design process, which means that every stage is developed step by step, and once one step has been competed, the developer moves on to the next step and can’t move back.

This article covers the essential steps of software development life cycle (sdlc) by the example of Waterfall model. It describes the five main stages of software developement: requirements analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance, and give the examples of projects you should consider this methodology for.  Bonus: useful tips on mockups creation, a free SRS template to download.

 

2. Agile Software Development Methodologies

Agile is sort of a solution to tackle the disadvantages of the Waterfall method covered in the article above. Instead of a sequential design process, this method promotes an incremental approach.

This article describes the Spiral risk-driven model, the importance of risk analysis, the main sdlc stages: planning phase, risk analysis phase, engineering phase and evaluation phase. It also sheds light on the pros and cons of the Spiral methodology. Bonus: spiral model example project, a free SRS template to download.

Use this article as a step by step guide on how to work using Scrum. The article describes the core roles involved into the Scrum process and demonstrates how to create a consistent product backlog. It recommends some helpful tools for spring planning and helps work on sprints efficiently. Bonus: a free SRS template to download.

 

This article provides the key principles of Kanban methogology and easy to follow instructions on how to use Kanban effectively. It explains how to create a Kanban board for your project presentation and tracking, and includes an example of Kanban board from a real project. Bonus: real use case, a free SRS template to download.

 

3. Combination of Agile and Non-Agile Methodologies

Have you ever tried to combile agile and non-agile methodologies? We did. Read how it worked out for us in the next article:

Find out how the combination of Agile and non-Agile approaches, namely Waterfall, Scrum and Kanban, was used to build a web based business application of high performance.

Both the Agile and non-Agile methodologies have their advantages and disadvantages. Select a methodology based on your project needs. If you know what you need exactly, use Waterfall. If your project context changes rapidly,  it may be preferable to use an Agile model. Or, maybe its better to combine the methods to get the most out of each of them? It is for you to decide, and still, if you need some advice, .  Our experienced business analysts will help select the methodology or a combination of methodologies to make the development process easy and successful.

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