Everything you should know about the Agile team structure
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When you have an idea of software and want to make it real, you start planning what it should be and how to develop it. Planning is one of the most vital steps in software development, but do not underestimate software development methodologies.
One of the most popular and time-proven development methodologies is Agile. Its philosophy and practical advantages make it the best flexible methodology for developing the software. The flexibility is the main reason people choose Agile, as according to Digital.ai, 64% choose Agile due to the ability to change priorities.
In simple words, Agile is a set of principles that creates a flexible approach to software development.
The correct Agile working process consists of the following components:
small teams that can number approximately 7-9 team members usually;
Its principles and values were well-written in the resealed Manifesto almost 20 years ago.
To avoid listing all the principles and values, we will make a summary of them.
The core values are communication and interaction between members and the product owner, flexibility, and a properly working product is above the paperwork and bureaucracy.
In Agile sprints, the team performs testing during each sprint. Along with constant feedback, the product is well tested already during the development process, which makes fixing bugs and other issues much easier and cheaper.
When the product owners are involved in the development, it positively impacts product quality. The whole sprint is followed by the product owner’s spectating and determination of the aim and goals of the sprint
Scrum is an Agile methodology but has some distinctive differences:
There are three types of Agile teams:
This team consists of widely competent experts who can work as a team to lead the product development to the deployment. But if some issues emerge that require narrowly specific skills, you need to hire an additional specialist. It is a high possibility of the absence of a required specialist in the general team.
In contrast to the previous type of team, this has specialists with specific skills who can work with certain product development goals. Here we have the thing that they can not care about the whole product development and work together as everyone works on specific tasks.
The hybrid team is two previous types joined into a single one. The hybrid team can work as the general team but, at the same time, perform tasks that require specific skills.
To make the most out of Agile, the team structure should look like the following:
In this role, the person leads the working process and manages the team to keep them at the same pace towards a common aim.
Business Analyst detailly analyzes the market to create well-structured business requirements for the product. To BA’s responsibility, we can also add searching solutions for business, writing user stories, and creating technical documentation.
Tech lead is responsible for project tech realization and in their field of responsibility are frameworks, different tools and programming languages
Developers do the main part of the development, as they code according to the requirements. The developers’ mission is to produce high-quality code, improve it and follow the requirements and documentation.
The QA team is a vital part of the Agile team as their role is to guarantee the quality of the product to assure that it is working according to the documentation.
They develop the interface design of the product, defined by requirements. It can be a menu, buttons, pages, and others.
The product owner’s responsibilities are:
The agile software development life cycle consists of 6 phases. They cover the whole path from an idea to the closing phase when the project has to be closed.
The first step in development is where you define the whole further development process. In the list, we have to:
The inception phase is the software development start, where all the requirements are accurately defined.
The main part of the process starts here when the development team has tasks and aims. It takes the most time among other steps. Here is the process that conveys previously made requirements for features and functions into fully working software
Before releasing the product, it is essential to conduct testing by the QA team, who will assure that the product has no issues and bugs. In case there are bugs, the QA team will fix them. Be aware that you can not eliminate all the bugs during pre-release testing, as new bugs can emerge even after the release.
It is a crucial phase of the product. The maintenance phase takes care of supporting software on the market, fixing bugs that emerge, upgrading the product according to the user feedback, and other processes that are necessary for support.
It is the closing phase of software where the software can not perform its purpose and satisfy customer needs. There are two ways further:
In sum, we have an excellent methodology that makes the software development process flexible and adjustable to change what positively impacts the speed and quality of software development.
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