The Agile Development Methodology Explained

According to the State of Agile Report 2020, 95% of respondents (over 40,000) prefer the Agile development methodology. Agile follows an iterative and incremental model while fostering cross-functional teams across the organization, three key elements of Agile methodology that ensure success.

The result is the ability to organize work in sprints, the flexibility to move "back and forth" throughout the development cycle, and faster time to market as all team members work together toward a common goal.

The Agile project management strategy has reshaped the software development lifecycle in an organization over the years while refuting the "golden hammer" bias associated with the waterfall methodology that leads to the accumulation of technical debt.


Agile emphasizes cross-functional teams throughout the firm and adheres to an iterative and incremental model, which are three crucial components of the approach that guarantee success.

Teams adopt the agile development process, which is an iterative approach to software development. Cross-functional, self-organized teams regularly assess user requirements and environmental factors to modify initiatives. The quality of sprints with short-term deliverables is continuously improved by Scrum teams.

The 4 Agile Manifesto values are:

  • Individuals and interactions over procedures and equipment.
  • Working software over thorough documentation.
  • Collaboration with the client during contract negotiations.
  • Responding to change as opposed to acting according to a plan.

The most popular Agile framework is Scrum. Others include Crystal, Feature-Driven Development, and Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) (FDD).

The agile mindset is a way of thinking that emphasizes collaboration, understanding, learning, and maintaining flexibility in order to produce high-performing results. Teams can react to change and provide incremental value to their customers by fusing the agile mindset with processes and tools.

Agile is all about adapting to change; it was built on the foundational principle that business drivers will change and the development teams must be ready to adapt.

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