In the early years of the world of Information Technology, computers were mythical standalone devices. Their operators, program developers and hardware maintenance experts were hallowed beings pretty much considered as the high priests of technology- like Space scientists.
However this view would change as computer world opened and computing assimilated other aspects of life and more so in communication. Over the last 4 decades in the development of Information Technology, communication as taken more and more integral role. So much that the term used today is Information Communication & Technology (ICT). This auger well with the fact that computers are no longer effective as standalone gadgets. Their efficiency is seen in a worldwide interconnectivity via a physical network of Wide Area Networks, Satellite Connectivity made possible through Internet communications.
This mode of communication however was transposed from communication within a computer unit itself. For a computer to perform basics tasks, communication must take place between components for example a hard drive and the central processing unit. This enables access and manipulation of data and program commands. For effective communications between programs and devices to take place, Software (program) developers and users must create synergy. This helps them understand their individual needs and specifications necessary to create efficient processes and systems that will help them complete tasks.
Enter neo-communication lingo Agile. This software development terminology stands for a transformation in both the thought and application process in software development.
Agile software development for it often results in an increased number of software releases over a given period.
A classic example of Agile software development would perhaps be seen in the open source android software developer’s world. First, we have the backbone technology driven by inventors and developers of android based mobile devices. Samsung, Infinix, Microsoft and now BlackBerry (PRIV, Dtek50 et al). Thriving on the software freedom provided by these android devices are hundreds, perhaps thousands of software developers who release mobile applications produced and customized to handle a varied array of tasks to the device users benefits. The net effect is a massive popularity and uptake of android devices in the market. This is because users are certain to get software that will help them solve specific tasks from complex economic algorithms to mundane weather forecast tasks.
The relationship between android device users and the software developers is best improved through an Agile software development system. Imagine if Samsung had a social media application embedded on Play Store where a device user would interact with software developers and list specifications of the tasks they wished to complete using a certain mobile application. This system is applied daily in almost every organization. Developers work closely with system users to ensure continual maintenance and development efficient systems that adopt to the ever-changing ICT hardware and software arena.
Agile software development solutions is therefore a method of developing solutions (websites, Web applications as well a mobile applications) that focuses on delivery of high quality working software consistently and as required. This is achieved while minimizing project overhead costs and increasing business value.