Posts Tagged Under: Agile

4 Must-Read Books If You Are Interested in Agile Development

So you’re interested in Agile development, but are finding it a little too difficult to grasp? Well, look no further! Software Planet Group have assembled here a few of our favourite books by some truly legendary authors. Together, they can help you to not only better understand developers, but also the Agile process as a whole.

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How to Recover from Business Failure? Fail Fast, Learn Faster

By now, most readers will already be familiar with the Agile concept of failing fast. For those who aren’t, however, this is a highly influential development approach that encourages companies to take bold, decisive action, because failure — paralysing though the fear thereof may be — is simply a part of living. 

In this way, Agile developers are encouraged to keep an eye out for red flags and be ready to shift gears as soon as the need arises.

Unfortunately, however, by focusing on the term “failure,” companies are often left with more questions than actual answers. So for today’s article, Software Planet Group would like to clarify what exactly failing fast means by turning our attention to the real crux of the matter: learning faster.

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What is Wrong with the Waterfall Model?

Despite the fact that for a very long time, it completely dominated the world of software development, today, it is difficult to find anyone who would rise in stalwart defence of the rusting Waterfall approach. This comes down to a variety of factors, but above all, software companies have started to realise that in a fast-paced and ever-evolving world, it is not the old familiar, but agility that holds the answer.

So what exactly is Waterfall and why are so many businesses so keen to move away from it?

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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Binance-Like Crypto Exchange?

Just as the name suggests, a cryptocurrency exchange is a business, online or otherwise, allowing its customers to trade digital as well as traditional fiat currencies. In recent months, starting up this type of company has increasingly become more enticing, as despite the market’s volatility, companies such as Binance have been making good profit, and prominent exchanges like the Tokyo-based Binance are publicly benefiting from extraordinary amounts of success.

Yet replicating such an achievement is not without its challenges, as important security issues must always be borne in mind.

Nevertheless, by understanding the right components and developing a thorough game plan, you can build a successful crypto exchange both iteratively and inexpensively.

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Our Fail Fast Approach: Turning Failure Into Success

From an early age, we are taught that failure is a bad thing. You should never fail exams, you aim to pass them; you don’t become something in life through a series of floundering events, you work hard to succeed and keep winning.

So when the Agile concept of “failing fast” is met with wide eyes and a spattering of bad publicity, is that really such a surprise? After all, surely we should all be striving towards success, not failure.

To be fair, such an assumption is indeed perfectly logical, yet allow us to reframe the matter by focusing on a case in point: Thomas Edison. You see, before finally succeeding at perfecting his light bulb, it is said that the inventor was first destined to see it fail — not once, not twice, but approximately 1,000 times.

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Agile for Larger Projects

It is no secret that when the Agile methodology was first conceived, this was done with fairly small development teams in mind. Yet today, with Agile’s increasing popularity in software companies across the globe, the old adage “less is more” might finally be losing its original punch.

Instead, more and more providers are now tending towards the notion that with a few clever tweaks and tricks, large Agile teams are still able to maintain the same agility as their smaller counterparts.

So without further ado, let us take a look at some of the most prominent scaling techniques available at the moment and explain how we at Software Planet are efficiently rising up to this challenge.

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Software Metrics: How We Promote Transparency

If you’ve ever worked on a project where very little — if any — attempt was made to keep everyone involved up to speed with development, then you’ll certainly understand how infuriating this can be.

In fact, even those who were blessed enough to have never suffered the ordeal will more than likely still relate, at least on an intellectual level. The Dalai Lama, for instance, while never once a software guru, famously stated that “a lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.”

And naturally, here at Software Planet, we couldn’t be more in agreement.

This is why we have put in place a series of mechanisms that can guarantee that you, our valued customers, will be kept informed at all times.

Yet of all of these, perhaps the best example is that of our software metrics.

 

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What to Expect from Our Estimates

If you are reading this article, our trusted business analysts have likely agreed to impart upon your project some much-needed estimates; and well, you’ve come to the right place!

After all, for today’s blog post, we would like to spell out our meticulous process for preparing estimations, the different sorts of artefacts you should be ready to receive and how this all will play out in the end — on that note, by the by, if you find that any or all your expectations have not been adequately lived up to, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. This will help SPG to continue improving our company’s services for you as well as our future customers.

So, with this in mind and without further ado, let us dive right in!

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Making the Most of Code Review

Every Agile development process strongly stresses the motif that the main goal of developers should not be to concern themselves with side issues, but rather to generate working code. This allows us to implement a variety of features in accordance with our customers’ requirements.

Unfortunately, however, out in the real world, it is crucial to not only strive to implement functionality, but also to ensure your code will be kept clean and without duplicates, being easy to understand, support and extend, makes extensive use of automated tests and presents as little as possible technical debt — that is, valuable work postponed by virtue of restrictive deadlines or other more pressing priorities.

This is why over the years, both customers and programmers have jointly devised a number of solutions for assessing code quality as well as providing projects with the appropriate level of support, throughout development. Of all of these, however, one popular technique distinctly stands out — the exceptional practice of code review.

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