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Frequently Asked Questions About Agile Software

Posted by Greg Jacobson

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Oct 11, 2016 4:16:57 PM

agile-1.jpgI’m going to be blunt. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to start this blog about Agile Software FAQs because, without the answers to the first two questions, nothing I say is going to make much sense. So let’s just jump right in, shall we?

What is Agile development?

Agile development is an extremely popular approach to managing IT teams and development projects. It rests on a few principles, the most notably that small, incremental releases are preferable to large complex ones. Visual management is also an important part of Agile development and Kanban boards are frequently used to track projects. Agile devotees also believe that active user involvement is imperative and that the team should be empowered to make decisions so that results can be achieved quickly.

What is Agile software?

Agile software is technology designed to support the methodology. It can be used by software development teams or other groups interested in empowering incremental improvement. Agile software visualizes the state of work and serves as a repository for future requirements. Rather than tracking pull-through on a physical board, Agile software makes it possible for leaders to track multiple projects from anywhere and to report on the state of improvement work across the organization.

Is Agile software only for IT teams?

No. Agile software is great for software development teams, but it can also be used by groups in any industry to manage projects or track improvement efforts. Organizations from hospitals to manufacturers have benefited from the Agile approach and the software that supports it.

What are the key features of Agile software?

Agile software provides dashboards that make it easy to see work-in-progress as it moves from the idea stage through to completion and evaluation. It also includes workflow capabilities with alerts and notifications to keep everyone aware and engaged in the project.

What are the benefits of Agile software?

There are a number of advantages to using Agile software to support incremental improvement. Perhaps most importantly, it makes it very easy for managers to see when forward momentum is stalled. It becomes immediately apparent if work-in-progress, whether that’s software code or any other deliverable, is stalled. This gives managers the cue to take corrective action. Because Agile is a team-based approach, Agile software also simplifies collaboration and makes it easier for people to work together.

Is KaiNexus Agile software?

Yes, because Agile and Kaizen go hand in hand. Incremental improvement lies at the heart of both philosophies and that’s what KaiNexus is all about. KaNexus has all of the visual management, reporting, and collaboration features prized by Agile teams and followers of other improvement methodologies alike.

Dictionary.com defines the word agile as, “Quick, well-coordinated movement.” I can’t think of an organization that couldn’t benefit from more of that.

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