The Benefits of Agile

Agile Development presents several benefits to our customers including better stakeholder engagement, lower risk, and more predictable outcomes. Among the primary benefits of agile development is giving power back to our customers: allowing them to define and prioritize requirements as the application is built. The cyclical nature of gathering requirements and developing functionality ensure a productive team capable of responding to change.

Agile @ Chainbridge Solution

For our software development projects, Chainbridge Solutions organizes development into four primary Phases: Inception, Planning, Sprint, and Release. Each Phase is comprised of several Activities:

  • Inception
    Our team reviews the project scope, discusses the estimated number of sprints required, assigns project roles, and determines stakeholders. We build a Project Roadmap from the scope made up of Epics and User Stories which are managed as tickets in Jira, a software application which provides issue and project tracking specifically designed for Agile processes.

    Next, our Scrum Team begins to gather requirements from the customer by reviewing business documentation, interviewing end users, and collaborating with stakeholders to nail down the minute details of all relevant business processes.

  • Planning

    Groomed User Stories break functionality down into workable pieces which can be individually developed and tested. Each Story describes the expected end-user experience and list Acceptance Criteria which the functionality must meet to be considered “done”. Developers, Analysts and QA Testers work together to estimate the Level of Effort (LOE) for each User Story and prioritize tickets in Jira; once in sequence, Stories can be grouped into 2- or 3-week spans of development called Sprints.

  • Sprint

    Each Sprint is an incremental timeboxed segment in which development occurs. These sprints enable the team to manage their work with a focus on quality. User Stories are quickly developed and tested to completion within the time allotted, without interruption. Scrum team members continue grooming tickets, establishing LOEs with Developers, and planning the next Sprint. Communication is key during development, and the Scrum Master accomplishes this through the scrum ceremonies. These include the Daily Scrum, Sprint Planning, Sprint Reviews, and Sprint Retrospectives.

  • Release

    At the end of each Sprint, code is migrated into a Pre-Production environment where system users can test new functionality and provide feedback. This feedback is used to resolve any bugs discovered and document any enhancements which may be desired by the client. After the code has been tested and accepted by users, it is released to Production where the new functionality shall be fully available for use in the real-life business context.

    Customers participate in the Sprint cycles during three key Sprint Activities: Weekly Grooming Sessions, Sprint Reviews, and UAT when applicable. During these events, the customer may provide feedback and guidance through Chainbridge Solutions-facilitated working sessions and demonstrations.

Agile Experts at Your Service

Chainbridge Solutions approaches the intricacies of the Agile process with a flexibility that keeps the client’s needs in mind. Our approach to Agile methodologies anticipates the need for a tailored project experience depending on our client’s cadence and shifting priorities. We see obstacles as challenges rather than impediments. With our team of knowledgeable and creative experts, Chainbridge Solutions can adapt our process to meet any outcome.

Chainbridge Solutions has over a decade of experience implementing solutions in an Agile software development framework. We adhere to a framework where functionality is planned, developed, tested, approved and implemented in quick 2- to 3-week development cycles. The benefit to customers is tremendous: frequent milestones guarantee each development iteration meets their precise requirements, and the interlocking rhythms of development, testing and requirements grooming maximize productivity.