When looking for a software development company whom you would like to cooperate with, it is essential to go through their portfolio and read customer reviews to establish whether you will be able to build a strong relationship and communicate easily, which ensures the success of the project. It is also important to work out which of the project management methodologies the organisation uses. This way, you can be sure their approach suits your requirements. Most companies follow the two most popular project management methodologies, which are Waterfall and Agile. Which one will work better for the development of your software?
Project management methodology is a framework of all of the processes involved in your project. Put simply, it is a way of organizing the work of software development, which includes planning, executing, testing and closing the project. Choosing a specific approach upfront allows everyone to quickly adapt to the given workflow and thus boost efficiency.
Whether a project management methodology used by a software development company will suit your project depends on the size and complexity of the latter. What should also influence your decision is the expected duration of the development, as well as how deep you are willing to get involved in the project.
Rather classical, the waterfall methodology is a linear and plan-driven approach which assumes that the software development would be completed sequentially, that is by finishing one stage before starting the next one. Requirements must be gathered and discussed upfront to estimate the scope of work accurately, but that is the only phase in which you need to get involved. This methodology is recommended for smaller projects where the requirements are clear and where, preferably, both parties have decided to choose a fixed-price contract.
If you decide to cooperate with a company that uses the Waterfall methodology, you will benefit from:
The Waterfall methodology may seem as better organised, but it has got its disadvantages as well. Choosing this approach, you risk facing the following:
The Agile methodology was first introduced back in 2001, starting a revolution in software development practices. Unlike Waterfall, Agile is an iterative and team-based approach which focuses on individuals and interactions over processes and tools. In essence, it emphasises collaboration when developing software, both within the team and with clients. All work is split into phases called sprints and after each of the sprints, a working and shippable part of software is provided. It fits both large and small projects and allows a software development company to handle undefined and evolving requirements.
The reasons why the Agile methodology is so popular are noticeable right from the beginning of the software development process. These are:
Scrum, an approach which uses the Agile methodology, works excellently in the case of almost all digital projects, however, it also has got its downsides. Instead of being called disadvantages, they are often perceived as demands which are possible to overcome. This methodology requires:
Having experimented with both Waterfall and Agile methodologies, we have created our own approach which suits our customers best. This hybrid brings out the flexibility offered by Scrum and preserves the cost visibility which the Waterfall is known for. We gather all the requirements at the beginning, yet split the work into sprints and remain open to any changes which may occur during the development process. This allows us to complete every project with success.