A Beginner's Guide to Agile Software Development and
Agile SDLC Model

Smoothstack Agile Development Design


What is agile? It is an approach to software development that requires a huge dependence on collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams, developers and costumers. What makes the agile development stand out from other approaches of software development is that it focuses on how each team works and how they work together. This promotes the utilization of practices and framework for every team. This method of development is aligned to the four foundational values of the Agile Manifesto and its 12 principles.


A group of people created the agile manifesto to change the traditional approach to software projects. They designed the four values of agile software development and many industries have followed to date.


1. Individuals and Iterations Over Processes and Tools

It is people who respond to customer needs and maneuver the development process. If processes and tools drive the development, people will most likely be less receptive to changes and less likely to meet customer satisfaction.

2. Working Software Over Comprehensive Documentation

Developers need documentation streamlined in a way that it provides what is necessary to do the job. It cuts the enormous time spent in documentation and focuses and working software.

3. Customer Collaboration Over Contract Negotiation

Unlike in contract negotiation, Agile's customer definition is one who is involved and collaborates throughout the process of software development.

4. Responding to Change Over Following a Plan

Agile emphasizes the need to be responsive to any changes or iteration. Changes improve projects. Iterations add more features.


Smoothstack review listed down 6 advantages of agile software development every IT company should know.

  • The stakeholder always has early opportunities to check the work being delivered to change requirements as he see fit throughout the development journey.

  • It allows new features to be delivered quickly and frequently and do tests earlier.

  • Project schedule and costs can be predicted easily. This helps clients make decision about priority of features need to additional iterations.

  • It provides room for changes to constantly refine overall product backlog.

  • It allows the team to determine what the client needs and therefore deliver features important to the client's business value.

  • It incrementally delivers value to users by putting the focus of the product features to real users.

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