About Agile methodology

Agile working is about having a flexible and iterative approach, which emphasizes collaboration, adaptability and customer centricity. The method is widely used in software development and project management, and emerged in the early 2000s as a response to the shortcomings of traditional, linear project management methods. The agile manifesto, published in 2001 by a group of software developers, presents the core principles of the agile method.

Agile promotes incremental development and delivery, where, for example, software is built in small, manageable pieces called 'sprints' or 'iterations'. Cross-functional teams of developers, testers, designers and stakeholders work closely together, promoting continuous communication. The agile methodology builds on the ability to adjust priorities and requirements after each iteration, developing an adaptability that leads to more relevant and customer-centric end products.

Lean, derived from the principles of lean manufacturing in industry, has been adapted to software development and IT to minimize waste, increase efficiency and maximize value. It emphasizes delivering the most valuable features and minimizing activities that do not contribute directly to customer needs.

In the software context, Lean focuses on creating a streamlined process by eliminating bottlenecks and optimizing workflows. The goal is to improve the development cycle by emphasizing continuous delivery, reducing handoffs and increasing automation. This leads to faster releases and shorter development cycles.

From an IT perspective, Lean principles guide the management of resources, processes and systems to increase productivity. IT teams strive to provide efficient and reliable services by minimizing downtime, optimizing resource allocation, and ensuring fast response times to user needs.