We live in a world where things might change in the next few hours globally.
That's why we believe the ability to stay agile these days is an important skill, proven by many companies who manage to adjust to constantly changing situation and identify people’s needs on the spot.
Despite of changes, as a development company, we need to stay transparent with our clients, preventing possible risks together, and changing the business development process in accordance with people’s needs.
Obviously, both are important, but how is the agility related to full transparency development?
Agile Manifesto follows the principles:
#1 Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
We involve all relevant stakeholders in the early development stages through our weekly meetings.
We share the progress of features in development and welcome suggestions for improvements.
As a step further, we also give our clients access to our project management tool. They can check the status of the project at any time and weigh-in where
they see fit. Both of these steps provide the ultimate feedback loop to ensure the best end-product quality.
#2 Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive Advantage.
It’s not uncommon for some features to become irrelevant as the project Unfolds. With a traditional waterfall approach, diverging from the original plan takes time, reviews, and approval - not to mention adjustments of previous work. Combining full transparency with the agile approach, on the other hand, offers the ability to identify changes on the spot and adapt quickly, even in later stages of the project.
#3 Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
At 923 Digital, we look for companies that need a development partner, rather than someone looking to just build and release a product.
Using the agile methodology, our team focuses on weekly releases of testable projects to get feedback from our clients.
After the final release, we typically switch to daily releases to capture feedback from the end-user.
This approach relies heavily on a good QA environment, solid development cycles, and supportive management style.
#4 Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
Our weekly meetings include both developers, QA specialists, and project managers from both our side and our client’s side. Everybody also has access to our project management tool, which creates an environment for constant communication.
Developers have the opportunity to explain the system behavior, suggest implementation decisions, and prevent bugs, which often results in higher quality and thoroughly-planned systems.
In addition, all team members can easily access meeting video recordings and make sure any important detail was omitted.
#5 Building projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need and trust them to get the job done.
The best projects are created by passionate specialists who love the product
they build. Agile development benefits from a well-organized team that is specifically designed for the project at hand while also having experience working together.
For our client’s projects, we put together specific teams using our developers, project managers, and other individuals. With Full Transparency Development, we share every step of the project and every goal with them to keep them invested, proactive, and open-minded while looking for solutions.
#6 The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
The concept of iteration, which is a ground pillar of both agile and full transparent methodologies, cannot exist without sessions where the team members can reflect on past work and discuss how to improve in the future. That is why our standup meetings are non-negotiable in our workflow.
The meetings are vital to identifying problems and bottlenecks of the project, gaining awareness of potential risks, and keeping track of the project
Progress. After trying different approaches, we know that even a short daily stand up can prevent misunderstanding and rework.
#7 Working software is the primary measure of progress.
Much like agile methodology, full transparency development has only one main success metric: timely delivery of a working product that satisfies the customer.
To uphold that, we commit to testing and quality assurance after each sprint. This allows us to catch bugs early on, thus significantly decreasing the possibility of delays and saving our clients money.
#8 Agile processes promote sustainable development.
The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely. It is important to us to ensure that our projects progress at a constant rate.
This way our team isn’t taking on too much work while the project progresses as planned.
To ensure this, we employ the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) method, which is a four-stage approach that prioritizes solving problems and managing change.
This method helps us identify the problem, develop a solution, test it, and draw conclusions based on the results.
#9 Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
At 923 Digital, we put a lot of emphasis on design. We aim to fully design platforms to give the development team visual guidance about what the goal is.
To achieve that, we involve our designers early on in the onboarding and foundation process.
The quality of the design will ultimately prevent or permit the project manager to ensure that the finished product looks and works as it was designed to.
This attention to detail also ensures higher technical excellence.
#10 At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
No project runs perfectly. But full transparency development helps us gain more clarity and control over the process. It makes us more successful because we never accept the status quo and always look to improve the situation.
On a weekly basis, we ask ourselves questions like:
● Was our communication efficient?
● Was the process flow smooth without delays?
● What caused delays?
● What preventive actions can we take?
Following the Principles behind the Agile Manifesto is crucial to the success of your development project. Supporting those principles with Full Transparency Development will ensure your project meets its goals without any surprises.
A Five Step process developed by Ray Dalio, which any organization or individual can adopt to help achieve their goals - but should only be digested by companies over 5 years old.
We believe the ability to stay agile these days is one of the key success skills, proven by many companies who managed to adjust to constantly changing economic situation and identify people’s needs.