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2elev8 Media implores either the Agile or Waterfall software development methodologies depending on the project schedule, project scope and complexity, team size and client’s preference. There has always debate about which is the better methodology to use. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, and the selection of either method will depend on various project-centric factors.
The Agile methodology bases itself on an iterative and incremental approach. Developers work on small modules, and respond to users’ changed requirements rather than follow a specific or predetermined plan of action. The basic design is simple, and changes are made as work progresses. Testing and customer feedback occurs simultaneously with development.
The Waterfall model on the other hand is a sequential design process used in software development, with the development life cycle of Conception, Initiation, Analysis, Design, Construction, Testing, Implementation, and Maintenance progressing steadily downwards, just like a waterfall flows down. Completion of one stage leads to another, and each stage has its separate goals.
Both the Waterfall and the Agile method of software development have their uses as well as advantages and disadvantages. Waterfall is a better method when the environment is stable and little changes are required, when frequent interactions with ends users and other stakeholders are not possible. Agile is a lightweight method and is commonly used when customer requirements are hazy, or the business environment is uncertain. The Agile method allows making frequent changes, and testing during the construction stage. Successful execution of Agile projects nevertheless requires highly skilled and competent developers, and stakeholders who know what they want.
A lot of variables affect the success or failure of a project and as experience taught us, almost all the time, things do not happen as expected. We use these methodologies as a guide but we are not limited by them. In the end, the development team must be capable enough in finding solutions for every challenge that they encounter. Our team is very flexible and well experienced so we can adjust to every situation presented to us and we adapt accordingly to meet client expectations and project deadlines.