Transformation from Waterfall to Agile
It takes a lot of effort and hard work to transform from the waterfall model to the agile model. A number of things are needed to be considered when a team moves from the waterfall model to the agile one. Companies usually make this shift to shorten the time-to-market for their products or services. The agile method also helps to deliver projects with high quality and lower costs. Here we have some of the points that need to be considered when a team moves from the waterfall model to the agile model.
Effect of Change on the Team
With the changes in the methodology in an organization, the team may raise doubts about the reasons behind this shift. Also, the team members would like to know how this change will affect their work process in the company. To implement a smooth change, the methodology requires the team to be patient, and ready to embrace changes.
Shift in Roles and Responsibilities
Some role changes occur when the method shifts from waterfall to agile such as:
- Horizontal conversations replace a top-down command culture.
- The management encourages the teams and ensures that the business aligns with the projects.
- The team members become a group of experts who know the best that can be done to make this shift smooth.
Meeting the Actual Market Needs
As the working method of the team shifts from waterfall to the agile approach, it is important that the projects that change meet the market requirements. For this, the organization changes its software packages and seeks a regular feedback from its customers and stakeholders. Also, business managers, developers, and testers must work together and in a perfect sync to evaluate any critical situations and take the necessary steps.
Test throughout the Cycle
The most distinctive part of the agile methodology is ‘rapid change’. If the approach is followed in a software development company, it becomes a part of the process to test the code soon after development. This method involves an increased frequency of testing to ensure the basic functionality of the task. The team, therefore, needs to be open to the real-time feedbacks and a quick response time towards them.
The most promising feature of the agile methodology is its rapid feedback cycle. Apart from the waterfall model that might drift slightly away from the main project objective, the agile method generates project outcomes that are more inclined to the desired projects in less amount of time.