The Agile Methodologies

Project or development managers are still facing controversy between the agile and heavyweight methodologies. Currently, many companies favor the agile methodologies. Agile methodologies present new, nontraditional ways of building complex products and systems. Projects that use agile methodologies are now starting to report improved time line and cost savings, compared to those in the heavyweight family. Additionally, project teams are hailing the agile family of methodologies as remarkable because, at last, a series of methodologies contributes directly to the business. Many managers (i.e., functional, project, and development) tend to stick with the heavyweight methodology because they want to predict the entire project until the last man-hour, whereas the project teams (i.e., developers, coders, analysts) tend to stick with dynamic shorter cycles. Industries that use agile methodologies include financial, IT, telecom, utilities, and many more service industries. Furthermore, this trend is starting to emerge worldwide. The following are the most commonly used agile methodologies:

Extreme Programming (XP).


Crystal methodology.

Dynamic Systems Development Methodology (DSDM).

Rapid Application Development (RAD).

Adaptive software development.

Lean development.

Feature-driven development.

Agile methodologies better suit small projects where smaller project teams are involved. With larger team size and the complexity and duration of the project, the choice of a heavyweight methodology is purely from a command and control perspective. Many smaller companies do not use heavyweight methodologies and prefer the more agile approach to building solutions.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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