Agile development is an iterative methodology that allows projects to grow and develop over time, adapting around both the evolving the client, and the research materials the project may generate.
Iterative or agile life cycles are composed of several iterations or incremental steps towards the completion of a project. Iterative approaches are frequently used in software development projects to promote velocity and adaptability since the benefit of iteration is that you can adjust as you go along rather than following a linear path.
Why is it used?
Agile projects are able to remain in tune with a project’s key objectives, even when the situations, environments, or personnel involved change. They can adapt around the responses and ideas provoked by the material gathered in the initial research stage. The materials that service design projects create aren’t limited to a single, “correct” method of application; the key to a successful project is often working closely with client and design teams in order to develop a long-term framework for innovation. Agile projects actively adapt in order to assist with implementation and innovation.
When is it helpful?
When everyone agrees that delivering something within an agreed timeframe is better than a large scale project. To test the acceptance of a solution prior to deploying more broadly. To grow teams that have a sense of obligation to one another and pride in shared success.
How is it applied?
Derived from the world of software engineering, the approach is centred on several key principles. An agile project places emphasis on individuals and interactions over processes and tools, for example. This means that formalised methodologies are abandoned in favour of iterative approaches that can accommodate the input of a wide range of stakeholders. This allows a project to adapt and evolve as it progresses, instead of constraining it within a rigidly formalised methodology.
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