Agile methodologies are extremely popular for a wide range of application development purposes, and for good reason. Prior to the widespread adoption of Agile, many organizations found themselves bogged down by traditional “waterfall” methodologies that borrowed too much from assembly line methods of production. Rather than wait months or years for a software project to wind its way through design, development, testing, and deployment, the Agile approach focused on tight, short iterations with a goal of rapidly producing a deliverable to meet immediate needs of the business owner, and then continuously iterating as requirements and needs become more refined. To this end, the Agile Manifesto emphasizes focusing on individuals and interactions over strict processes and tools, delivery of working products over a focus on planning and documentation, continuous customer collaboration versus a drawn out contract negotiation process, and a focus on responding to change rather than strict adherence to a plan. There is no doubt that Agile methodologies have forever changed the way organizations develop and release functionality in a world where the pace of change continues to accelerate.
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