no-code agile methodology

How to Apply Agile Development with No-Code

February 9, 2022

You might have heard of agile development a lot around lately.  Even though it was released in the early 2000s and became common around 2015.  It has been adopted mostly by IT agencies that found it efficient in constant collaboration and working in iterations.

Agile methodology is a project management methodology characterized by building products using short cycles of work that allow for rapid production and constant revision. This is a way to manage a project by breaking it up into several phases that require constant communication with team members and continuous improvement at every stage. Once the work begins, team members go through a process of planning, executing, and evaluating the next stage of the project.  Today, the term agile can refer to these values and the frameworks for implementing them. These include the following: 

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Adaptive Project Framework (APF)

What is the Agile Manifesto?

It is an online document that identifies 4 key values and 12 principles that its authors believe software developers should use to guide their work. It was called back then the Manifesto for Agile Software Development  and there were 17 developers who called themselves the Agile Alliance. 

During the development of the Agile Manifesto,  the Agile process contrasts with the traditional process which was the waterfall approach to software development. 

In the waterfall approach, developers typically compile the needs and requirements of the users and then build the software all at once. With this approach, the result – the software - is at the end of the project.  

They have mapped out 12 principles of Agile methodology according to the original manifesto:
  • Satisfying customers through continuous delivery of valuable work
  • Breaking big work down into smaller tasks that can be completed quickly
  • Recognizing that the best work emerges from self-organized teams
  • Providing motivated individuals with a supportive environment
  • Creating processes that promote sustainable efforts
  • Maintaining a constant pace for completed work
  • Welcoming changing requirements, even late in a project
  • Assembling the project team and business owners daily throughout the project
  • Forming a team that convenes at regularly discussing how to become more effective and then adjusting accordingly
  • Measuring progress by the amount of completed work
  • Continually seeking excellence
  • Harnessing change for a competitive advantage

Can no-code projects benefit from Agile?

There isn’t a more perfect pairing than Agile methodology and no-code.  The Agile Manifesto outlined the 4 Values of Agile which fit using no-code development

Core Value 1: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

Since no-code breaks down the skill barrier, everyone can contribute an idea to make the project work. It sets aside the complexities of languages and hard codes so everyone can participate. It fosters communication among team members - technical or non-technical. 

Core Value 2: Working software over comprehensive documentation

Iteration can work faster and keep up with the changing data. MVPs can be launched faster and go through updates and upgrades easier. The visual design helps create a living product that can keep up with the necessary changes.  

With its model-based design and visual development environment, low-code accelerates the development process.  You can turn an initial idea to working product you can start selling and then rapidly iterating afterwards. Check Twitter and see how many participate in 24-hour product builds and see how ideas can easily turn into software in 1 day. 

Core Value 3: Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

By launching your product faster and the ability to change easier, adjusting to market feedback can be easier. With no-code, customers can be an active collaborator to the project’s development. Sprints are more productive if no-code is used since testing and updates are not as expensive and time-consuming. 

Core Value 4:  Responding to change over following a plan

Creating a plan is important in the initial stages. However, it will not dominate the development process. During the agile methodology, the constant iteration is factored in the process and that’s why there are sprints to cover the changes

Agility in Developers Just as with Customers

Consumers almost have limitless options today. What is relevant today might not be relevant tomorrow. Agile in Agile Methodology is about quick reaction and flexibility with technology and feedback. This is exactly what no-code is about. Fast and reliable development that anyone can be a part of.

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