Product Development Services
Mergers. Acquisitions. Expansion. Changing market conditions. A simple advance in
technology or change in customer preferences. When you come down to it, any number
of factors can render your current applications unsuitable for the business challenges
you face. You need more than an application development partner who understands
the technology issues at hand. You need a partner who can ensure success with an
approach that gives you the best possible balance of cost, speed, and quality. That’s
what you’ll find with AimBeyond.
Our approach to application development includes:
- Reductions in overall IT spend of up to 30% over the lifetime of your application
- An exceptional record for on-time and on-budget delivery
- Flexible, customizable processes proven to boost development productivity by as much as 25%
- Outsourcing capabilities that help you lower costs, access the skills you need, and expedite time to market
AimBeyond has helped its client organizations in addressing business and information technology needs with a focus on total customer and user experience.
Success with Agile means extending it beyond development
Organizations are quick to embrace Agile software development methodologies for the many benefits they offer versus traditional, or “waterfall,” development. With Agile, application development, teams can focus more on the software they’re building rather than getting bogged down in procedure. And it enables IT to collaborate more closely with the business.
Using Agile methodologies, application delivery teams can:
- Discover code defects earlier in the development cycle.
- Decrease the risk associated with code defects.
- Release higher-quality applications.
But to realize the full benefits of Agile, organizations need to apply its principles beyond just development. That’s where AimBeyond can help.
Embracing Agile completely
Agile is most effective when its practices are applied at every stage of the application delivery process. If you embrace Agile for development, you must embrace it all the way. Organizations have problems with Agile when only developers embrace it, while the rest of the delivery organization-requirements, quality, project management-continue following waterfall.
This mixing of Agile and waterfall is a pervasive problem and needs to be tackled with. An example of such a scenario is when an application development team focuses on speed at the expense of quality. In the rush to meet Sprint deadlines, proper application testing is neglected. This can delay the discovery of errors in code, which often snowballs into bigger problems. The longer they go undetected, the costlier they are to fix.
A balancing act: Agile principles with IT best practices
Application teams can sidestep this problem with a careful balance of Agile principles and standard IT best practices. For example, teams can achieve harmony with Agile’s flexibility and responsiveness, while still utilizing traditional development best practices like consistency and thoroughness. These goals may seem at odds with one another, but it’s possible to accomplish both.
There are three main areas where a balance of Agile and traditional development priorities will help lead to Agile success:
- Speed and quality: To meet Sprint deadlines, Agile development teams often cut testing short. But this undermines Agile’s goal of discovering problems early in the development cycle. Companies can balance speed and quality through the use of test automation tools. Test automation is instrumental to validating the functional, performance and security requirements of each software iteration. And it keeps the project moving in Sprint time.
- Flexibility and consistency: Unlike traditional methods that rely on cumbersome and often obsolete project plans, Agile encourages teams to be flexible and ready for change. However, this can lead to ad hoc project management. Companies can strike the right balance by using standard management tools and functionality, such as sprint planning features and burn charts.
- Responsiveness and thoroughness: Waterfall methods tend to create a barrier between IT and the business, whereas Agile encourages business stakeholders to join the application delivery team. This often results in feedback and change requests from the business being incorporated more quickly. To be responsive and thorough, development teams should apply strong requirements management and traceability to each change. This requires a consistent, streamlined workflow for vetting and approving change.
Wondering if you’re stuck with this problem?
Three key questions can help you determine if you’re stuck with this problem or are succeeding with Agile.
“Are my agile projects discovering code defects earlier in their life cycle than my traditional projects?” With Agile, you should always surface issues sooner.
“Am I seeing fewer defects in finished products when I compare my Agile projects with non-Agile projects?” Agile should improve the quality of a software project, while decreasing the costs of fixes.
“Are business stakeholders generally more satisfied with Agile projects?” Agile should help business and IT better communicate expectations.
How AimBeyond can help
AimBeyond offers solutions to help application teams realize the benefits of Agile without compromising quality. These include a requirements management system, as well as testing tools for functional, security, performance validation, and regression testing.