Agile software development focuses on small increments of functionality and collaboration within self-organizing teams, with working software being the only measure of progress.
Agile methodology focuses on completing small increments of software, through team collaboration. Working software is the most important goal.
The Benefits of the Agile process to your Organization’s Software
Decrease the time it takes to get working software and boost your market positioning, or quickly enable additional business capabilities. Agile methodology significantly reduces project risk and delivers value and adaptability much earlier in the lifecycle.
Software that Works
What matters most in software development is shipping software that works. If it never ships, then it has no value. While design documentation, diagrams, meetings and charts can be helpful, the primary value of software is that it meets the needs of the users.
Highest priority features are tackled first, and if requirements change you can adapt quickly. This rapid feedback cycle allows users to see/use/test the software on an on-going basis. If it can be used sooner then it will deliver value sooner, smaller units are easier to discuss, build, test, and deliver. Breaking large pieces down into smaller units reduces complexity and makes large projects easier to handle. Additionally, using small increments and a simplistic design make it easier to maintain the code.
Through face-to-face communication, Agile teams can best understand and discuss your requirements. Empowered teams will figure out the best way to get things done, boosting productivity while spreading knowledge and reducing your bus number. Team collaboration reinforces best practices and makes it easier to introduce new tools and development techniques.