CabForward’s℠ Business Philosophy
Agile software development is a collection of software development methodologies based on iterative and incremental development. Requirements and solutions evolve as the application is being developed through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams, which encourages rapid and flexible response to change. Agile values individuals and interactions rather than rigid processes and tools; working software rather than comprehensive documentation; customer collaboration rather than contract negotiation; responding to changing needs rather than following an exhaustive plan.
CabForward’s℠ business philosophy is to put the customer in the driver’s seat where you can guide the development of your application. We build while you drive. Our services include a mix of proven processes to help you implement cost-effective applications designed to make your business run more efficiently. Our prebuilt, tested, open source frameworks, get your customized applications up and running with unparalleled speed, reliability and cost-effectiveness. This approach typically results in significant cost savings over traditional software development methodologies.
The Minimum Viable Product process we use eliminates waste through selecting only the truly valuable features for a system, prioritizing those features selected, and delivering them in short development cycles we call sprints. The process emphasizes the speed and efficiency of development workflow, and relies on frequent and rapid feedback between developers and our customers, resulting in quick response to changing needs.
This agile process uses the idea of the product being “pulled” via customer request. It focuses decision-making authority on individuals and small teams working closely with the customer all along the way. We also concentrate on the efficiency of team resources, trying to ensure that everyone is productive as much of the time as possible, using concurrent work, ongoing communication, and customer access to the development process.
This approach is not unique. But, rather, it is a commitment to providing the best possible value for our customer, while delivering the right product at the right price. The Agile methodology has resulted from many years of experience in developing web applications and trying to overcome the shortcomings of the traditional “Waterfall” concepts of application development.
This pursuit of improved practices led to the development of the Principles of the Agile Manifesto listed below:
1. Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
2. Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.
3. Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
4. Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
5. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
6. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
7. Working software is the primary measure of progress.
8. Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
10. Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.
11. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
12. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.
While Agile may not be the perfect fit in every situation, nor for every application, for us it is a way of thinking; a philosophy about how to conduct our business. Uppermost, it is a genuine commitment to deliver quality and value in every engagement.