Agile development - what and why?

At a fundamental level, Agile development is not just a methodology, but a philosophy of thought that emphasises flexibility, collaboration and iterative progress. Unlike traditional waterfall methodologies, where development takes place in linear, sequential steps, agile development adopts an iterative and incremental approach, allowing projects to be broken down into small, manageable parts called "sprints".

Key principles of agile development

Agile development is based on a set of principles that serve as its foundation:

Customer collaboration rather than contract negotiation: agile development places a strong emphasis on customer or product owner involvement throughout the development process. The aim is to ensure that the final product meets their changing needs and expectations.

Responding to change rather than following a plan: rather than strictly following a predefined plan, Agile teams welcome change and adapt their approach based on feedback and emerging requirements.

Individuals and interactions rather than processes and tools: agile development prioritises the human element of software development, emphasising communication, teamwork and collaboration over strict adherence to processes and tools.

Embracing change: agile development recognises that change is inevitable and embraces its potential to improve the project, fostering a culture of continuous learning and adaptation.

Agile development core practices.

Agile development encompasses a set of practices and frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban and CI/CD, each with its own unique approach:

Scrum: A management framework for complex projects that emphasizes short, time-limited iterations called sprints, regular review and adaptation, and self-organizing, cross-functional teams.

Kanban: Based on the principles of visual management, Kanban enables teams to visualise their workflow, limit the amount of work (WIP) and continuously improve processes.

Continuous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD): CI/CD practices automate the integration of code changes and their delivery to production, enabling teams to deliver updates to customers quickly and frequently.

Daily meetings: short meetings, also known as daily scrum meetings, allow team members to synchronise activities, discuss progress and identify any obstacles or slowdowns.

Agile development benefits

Adopting Agile development offers numerous benefits to development teams and organisations, including:

Faster time to market: breaking projects into small, manageable chunks and delivering value iteratively allows teams to respond quickly to changing market conditions and deliver working software faster.

Guarantee development quality: the iterative nature of Agile development enables continuous feedback and testing, resulting in higher quality software that better meets user needs and expectations.

Increased flexibility: the adaptive approach of Agile development allows teams to pivot quickly in response to changing requirements, market conditions or customer feedback, mitigating risks and seizing opportunities.

Enhanced collaboration and communication: the Agile methodology promotes cross-functional collaboration and close communication between team members, stakeholders and customers, creating a culture of transparency and trust.

Higher customer satisfaction: customer involvement during the development process and incremental delivery of working software ensure that the final product closely matches customer needs and expectations, leading to higher satisfaction.

Iterative development

Iterative development is a key part of Agile development methodologies and emphasises continuous improvement and development at different stages of the project. Rather than designing and implementing an entire project all at once, iterative development breaks the project down into smaller parts called iterations or sprints. Each iteration produces a working version of the software that undergoes continuous testing and evaluation. This allows for quick feedback and possible changes to be made early on, leading to a better end result and reducing the risk of errors or project failure.

Methods used by Skillwell

At Skillwell, we use Scrum and iterative development to achieve the best possible results in our projects. Scrum provides a structure for a team to collaborate effectively, respond quickly to change, and continuously improve the product. We also use iterative development to ensure that the software is constantly evolving and meeting our customers' needs.

In addition, we use continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD), which enables automated integration and delivery of code changes into production. This helps us to deliver high quality software quickly and reliably, contributing to project success and improving customer satisfaction.


Agile development, iterative development and Scrum provide a powerful framework for software development that enables rapid response to change, continuous improvement of the development environment and delivery of high-quality software. At Skillwell, we are committed to using these methodologies to ensure that our clients get the best value from their projects. We always focus on learning and development to keep up to date with the latest best practices and ensure that we are always able to deliver innovative and high quality solutions.

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