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Making Distributed Agile Development Work

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September 19, 2013 | Topic: Agile   Mobile   Software Product Development  
Making Distributed Agile Development Work

This is part 2 in a series examining the value of distributed Agile development. In part 1, we looked at some of the challenges that can arise and how to overcome them.

Distributed agile development worksIn part 2, let’s look at success keys for teams that have used distributed Agile development to complete projects on time, while saving money and reducing operational costs.

Belatrix’s business is a technical one, and harnessing latest technologies is just part of the process. Sharing that knowledge with our clients is equally important. We provide ideas about how technology can be applied to their products.

Several years ago, we were working with one of our clients on the mobile side, helping them to refine different payment methodologies. We introduced them to Near Field Communication or NFC technology, and advised them how we could apply that technology for payment system access in their project. To do this, we took the time to illustrate some of the benefits and advantages NFC could afford them. By staying involved in the day-to-day work of our clients and by using the expertise we have all over the globe, we are able to see and understand different challenges. That allows us to present our clients with different cases and propose different methods to solve those challenges.

The above example displays the importance of understanding requirements and expectations — perhaps before the client even realizes them. Another way to keep clients happy is by keeping them informed. With distributed Agile development, that can be a challenge, since team members aren’t always in the same room.

But, with proper planning, that needn’t be a hindrance. One key to communications success is being very open with clients. In fact, we give our clients access to anybody on our team, such as management, human resources, people care and commercial specialists. By giving clients complete access to anybody in our company they become part of the team too. Belatrix Software works hard to share our tools as well with clients, giving them access to the code repository and issue tracker, for example. If clients are wary about Agile teams in different locations, a transparent, all-inclusive communication chain is a great way to put their minds at ease. And once they become at ease with the arrangement of the Agile team, the cost savings will be the final key to satisfying them.

Belatrix can help you build the Agile team that’s right for your project. We can advise you on the best practices when it comes to outsourcing software development, especially when it comes to distributed Agile development in leveraging assets around the globe.

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