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The Agile Approach: Benefits & Tools

Every organization aims for their teams to be as productive and successful as possible. And successful delivery of project starts in smart planning and management. A myriad of methodologies and processes exist to complete tasks in a synchronized and timely manner. The two most basic ones are Waterfall and Agile. 


Agile vs. Waterfall for Project Management 

According to an article by Segue Technologies, Waterfall is a linear approach to software development. In this methodology, the sequence of events starts in the gathering of requirements, followed by design, coding, testing and fixing issues before delivering the final product. 

While Agile is an iterative, team-based approach to development which emphasizes the rapid delivery of an application in complete functional components. Rather than creating tasks and schedules, all time is “time-boxed” into phases called “sprints.”

Here's a video that shows the Agile process for project management: 


The Benefits of Agile Development 

An approach of project management is directly linked to the type of team and organization and what works best for them. When it comes to Agile, its quick-moving and collaborative nature brings lots of benefits and drives teams to efficiency and success. 

Some of those benefits from adopting an Agile method are:

  1. Increased control 
  2. Better productivity
  3. Seamless communication and feedback
  4. Higher Quality of the Finished Product
  5. Flexibility on making changes
  6. Problem Identification


Agile Tools 

There are many solutions out there to help with team projects and productivity. And, ApiumHub has created a thorough list of Agile tools for every kind of team. Some of them include: 

  • Trello 
  • Asana
  • OneDesk
  • Jira
  • Nuvro 

Turning to agile development is not a one-size-fits-all. Instead, it takes a lot of researching and testing. Every team can benefit from learning different types of project delivery and management. But, having the right approach, coordination and communication is key.