If you are an IT decision maker, you have to make educated choices quickly in today’s fast paced business world. Furthermore, your users and stakeholders seem grow less patient for results by the day. Lastly, the incredible speed of technology change necessitates a building process that accounts for the future.
Does your IT vendor use methods that helps you navigate these waters successfully? We do.
After years of working in SharePoint,Total Solutions has learned that Agile Development methods are an ideal approach to effective SharePoint solutions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Agile?
Agile is an umbrella term for many proven IT development frameworks. TSI uses a version of the “Scrum” framework which focuses on:
- Top-notch communication with solution stakeholders
- Iterative development practices
- Rapid, working results
- Optional scope contracts
Waterfall vs. Agile
Historically, IT projects were dominated by waterfall methods that follows a cascading flow of logical steps during project that result in the final solution. Usually this means gathering requirements, designing a specification, building / implementing the spec, testing results, and post-go-live support.
Waterfall seems reasonable, but its tragic flaw is an inability to deal with change. Anyone who has been part of an IT project knows that the best laid project plans must deal with change, whether this is nice-to-have becoming a must-have, new user wants, a technological roadblock, or a platform update.
There is no alternative to dealing with change in the current IT environment, and you need a partner that knows how to reduce the risk of this – often expensive –reality.
Our Agile methods simply work into small chunks called “sprints.” Each sprint is 1 to 4 weeks in length and involves various waterfall activities on a much smaller scale. At the end of each sprint, the customer has a working version of their solution. Actual user feedback is then used to target solution improvement, expansion, or even radical change during the next sprint.
The end result is more accurate solutions at a better value to our clients.
How does Agile benefit SharePoint development?
Implementing SharePoint is no easy measure, regardless of your organization’s size and previous SharePoint experience. The beauty of an agile approach to implementing SharePoint is that your users get to experience your SharePoint solutions as they evolve rather than after they’re finished.
This means that stakeholders can get what they actually want at the end of the project – after they have learned more about SharePoint – rather than what they think they want at the start. This also prevents user overload, which is always a risk when flipping the switch on a ton of new features all at once.