Agile Software Development
Pipefy’s Agile Software Development Template is designed to enable software development teams to practice the agile methodology using sprints or a kanban board.
This process template will help your team be more efficient and committed, adding a sense of accountability, and promoting an execution culture among team members. Start using this template now or read some agile best practices before getting started.Use template now
The Agile Methodology is based on four core values and 12 principles outlined in the Agile Manifesto which aim to promote adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery and continuous enhancement, and rapid and efficient response to change.
How can you practice Agile in software development?
The Agile philosophy is widely adopted by software development teams for its advantages in encouraging valuable, working software that is developed in a collaborative, efficient, and adaptive way. However, the Agile Manifesto only prescribes principles and does not outline how these principles should be achieved in practice.
In order to practice the Agile Methodology, you must first determine which frameworks are best for your team and implement them with Agile principles in mind. There are several frameworks for producing work, team organization, and testing. Here we’ve described the most widely adopted options. No one framework is perfect and should be adapted to your team’s needs.
1. Determine the best Agile framework for your team
The most popular frameworks for managing workflow and productivity are Scrum and Kanban. Scrum breakdowns software development into timeboxed iterations called Sprints. Daily scrums, or standups, are held in order to promote communication and alignment in the team. Sprints are reviewed at the end of the time period and anything that wasn’t finished usually carries on into the next Sprint.
Kanban was developed by an industrial engineer at Toyota to improve manufacturing efficiency and is one method to achieve just-in-time manufacturing. Today, Kanban is used in a variety of industries to improve productivity and usually represented by a Kanban board and cards.
2. Organize your team strategically
Team organization is an important part practicing Agile because a team’s organizational framework can make all the difference in conveying information and adapting quickly to change.
The traditional scrum organization has pre-defined roles and prescribes the responsibilities of each role in managing the Scrum and Sprints. These roles are Product Owner, Scrum Master, and the Development Team. You can read more into Scrum organization on the official Scrum website.
Spotify, a leading music streaming company, created their own team framework in which they breakdown developers into cross-functional Squads who are responsible for a certain aspect of the product. Squads that work in related areas, such as backend or infrastructure, makeup what is known as a Tribe. Chapters and Guilds are used to connect people with similar skills and promote knowledge sharing throughout the company.
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With Kanban, the team organization is usually dictated by the work that is limited to the Kanban board. For example, if a board outlines the assembly of a car but ends at the testing of that newly built car, then anyone involved until that phase of the process will be a participant in maintaining that Kanban board.
3. Choose a testing method that fits your product purpose
According to the Agile Manifesto “Working software is the primary measure of progress.” That’s why many software developers who practice Agile adopt a testing philosophy to ensure they are delivering working software.
Some popular testing frameworks are; Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Acceptance Test, Driven Development (ATDD), Exploratory Testing, and Session Based Testing. Any testing framework that is chosen should be a good match to the product, the time limitations of the team, and the customer needs such as security and infrastructure concerns.Use this template now
Pipefy’s Agile Software Development Template can be download in a Kanban or Scrum view. In the Scrum view, users can create customized stories and add cards to each story.
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This allows developers to better keep track of stories, epics, and the tasks they are responsible for in each Sprint.
Stories in Pipefy. Download full template.
Throughout and at the end of each Sprint, developers can generate a burndown chart that will show them their progress.
In the Kanban view, the Agile Development Template is made-up of 6 phases: Backlog, To-do, In Progress, Code/Product Review, Done, and Archived.
Overview of Agile Development Template in Kanban view. Download full template.
The Backlog phase is where all incoming features are added or arrive from a product roadmap pipe. Here you estimate the size, demand, and impact of the feature. Once the feature is prioritized, the card is moved into the To-do phase where it will be assigned to a developer. As the developer works on these tasks, the cards are moved down the pipe to the In Progress, Code/Product Review, or Done phases.
In software development, many new developments require several subtasks. That’s why in Pipefy, cards can be connected and viewed to better keep track. All developers involved in the parent task, can know progress of subtasks depending on which stage of the pipe they are in.
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Last but not least, Pipefy’s Agile Software Development template allows you to integrate natively with apps like Slack, GitHub, GitLab, and BitBucket, and receive push notification directly in Slack. Our customizable templates are a great way to get started on modeling the perfect development process for your team.
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Agile Methodology Best Practices
Pipefy is an extremely flexible and customizable process management software. Software development teams can use Pipefy to improve their development process and build processes that fit their methodology (and not the other way around). Not only that but workflows can be connected end-to-end or even cross-functionally to prevent data and team silos in the company.
- Improve visualization of tasks with Sprint, Kanban, and Calendar views
- Integrate natively with popular development apps like: Slack, GitHub, GitLab, BitBucket
- Leverage event-based automation to save time
- Receive project notifications to Slack or email
- Display stories and track development progress with burndown charts
- Connect workflows cross-functionally to prevent data and team silos