How to Use Agile/Scrum in Software Development

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Why We Use Agile/Scrum in Software Development

Mar 6, 2021, 11:11 AM

When most of us Far Reachers got started in software development, the primary method of building software was still waterfall: put together all the requirements, build the system to those requirements, and launch 18 months later only to realize the system wasn’t ideal.

Thankfully, those days are behind us. Now, the foremost software development philosophy is agile, which focuses on getting the software in front of the user fast and learning and iterating over time. 

Within agile there are many frameworks. Scrum is the one we use, which is why we refer to “agile/scrum.” If you want an overview of what agile/scrum is, you can jump down to that section.

What using agile/scrum allows us to do is help clients build the right software faster and adapt to changes as they happen. By working in priority order and in iterations, we get a system into the real world quickly; continually improve it based on feedback; and adjust as needed for shifts in technology, business strategy, or external factors. 

To make working in iterations a little bit more tangible, let’s think about transportation. If you needed to get from point A to point B, using a car might be the ultimate goal, but we’d start simpler.


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