Getting to know Agile and DevOps in software development

Is one better than the other? Or are they best when put together?

Introduction

Seven Peaks Software happily adopts our proven agile software development testing strategy.

We transformed the way we develop software for our clients around the world through agile principles and our dedicated teams. Moreover, our DevOps approach has also been used to help maximize a positive outcome for our clients.

What is Agile?

Agile focuses on teamwork, consumer feedback, rapid releases, project management, software development—all working to execute software development projects on-time in an agile way. This is what urged Seven Peaks Software to switch their business model from the old waterfall method to the new agile methodology.

This agile methodology started in the early 2000s, it actually started the software development niche, and has proven to support software development teams in adjusting to altering market conditions and customer demands.

While adopting the agile approach, most of the planning and design for a project is done upfront, but the development-phase advances in small sprints that heavily involves close collaboration with stakeholders.

This provides many benefits because if the software development outcome doesn’t meet the needs or expectations of the customer, it can still be re-created in real-time and on-time.

The agile methodology is the accumulation of scrum and other systems of practice that developers have used in previous years—resulting from professionals coming together, to streamlining these approaches into a single set of principles.

Cooperation and regular meetings, with clear goals and transparency, are the main keys of Agile philosophy.

Agile principles to know in 2022

There are a few different agile principles to discover, but these are our most popular principles used when working with our clients:

  • Making sure clients are satisfied
  • Agile focuses on tackling digital product design from the views of the clients, instead of following our own instincts.
  • Simplifying & advising technologies for all stakeholders to understand
  • Bringing business-savvy clients to collaborate with tech-savvy talent to communicate effectively and brainstorm ideas for further development.
  • Building trust and motivation to the team
  • Agile way of working creates a supportive and motivational environment allowing developers to work to their fullest potential.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a software development methodology focused on effectively speeding the deployment process by bringing people and technology together.

Using DevOps method allows the developers and the operations to collaborate side by side throughout the entire process.

DevOps was designed in the late 2000s—after the birth of Agile. With DevOps, organizational silos are broken down which can reduce the tension between two teams—software development and IT operations.

Combining software development and IT operations together allows them to communicate better and work more efficiently.

Teamwork is the core of DevOps method.

What’s the best method in 2022?

Combining Agile and DevOps is the best method in 2022 since these methodologies can complement each other.

DevOps enables a fully automated constant integration and deployment pipeline that allows frequent releases while Agile provides the ability to quickly adapt to the changing conditions and better collaboration between different small teams.

Why combine Agile and DevOps?

Agile and DevOps can coexist. DevOps is not going to replace Agile, the same way Agile did to the waterfall method, as both are designed to enhance the software development process. For that reason, it is better to smartly combine them together and adjust to the needs of the team.

Our dedicated team adopts both Agile and DevOps methodologies as one approach alone is not enough.

During the development process, Agile methodology works great for dividing the process into small tasks which can quickly adjust to the changing requirements.

On the other hand, DevOps encourages deployment pipeline to make it possible for frequent releases which is more suitable through the release and support process.

Knowing CI/CD pipelines

With CI/CD, the teams can come up with accurate, reliable, fast useful feedback for the development cycle.

The CI (Continuous Integration) build codes, run tests and CD (Continuous Delivery) safely launch the latest version of the application.

CI/CD pipeline helps automate the software delivery process by removing manual errors and providing feedback loops for the developers which will speed up the process.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Agile and DevOps share similar objectives. The difference is that DevOps combines two large siloed teams together which allow the software release process to be faster. On the other hand, Agile focuses on smaller teams collaboration which can quickly support every change that client needs.

Seven Peaks Software adopts both Agile and DevOps methodologies, being skilled in setting consecutive testing methods through integrating testing actions into CI/CD pipelines within the DevOps approach.

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