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Agile development sounds complicated—but it’s not.

It’s a development strategy that makes sure your product is tested for functionality and user experience during development, instead of with real customers on launch day. In fancier terms, agile unlocks fast iteration through software development cycles.

There are five main steps in the Agile Development Cycle:

Agile Development Process

Step #1

Reverse engineer

Your goal to figure out what milestones you need to take to achieve it.

For example, let’s say your goal is to build an app like Uber to pick you up and bring you to your destination. You’ll break your milestones down into features. For example, the three necessary features are:

  • User profiles
  • Secure payment 
  • Map integrations

This is called a Backlog. 


Prioritize each milestone by importance

(The most important/necessary milestones get completed first)

With your backlog, you can figure out what needs to be built first, second, third, and so on. For example, to build our ride-sharing app, we want to prioritize map integrations as our first milestone. Why? Before we have users or payment options, we need to be able to have a map for them to interact with. Second, we’ll prioritize user profiles. Why? We can’t make a secure payment feature if we can’t connect it to the profile that will be using it. Here’s what our milestones look like now:

Milestone 1: Map integrations

Milestone 2: User profiles

Milestone 3: Secure payment

Step #3

Assign each step to team members

Every milestone is going to be assigned to specific team members. These team members can break down each milestone into their own set of milestones that map out where they need to start to reach their end goal. 

By the end of this step, each team member can say what they are responsible for and at what part of development they need to deliver it.


Complete milestones

Milestones are completed in sprints. For example, the development team is going to complete the map integration in one week. During that week, they will focus on this feature ONLY. They will not worry about user profiles or payment security, except for setting up their map to be able to integrate with these features in the future.

At the end of each day, the development team meets for Daily-Stand Ups. Here they review what they got done today, what didn’t get done, what problems are occuring, and if they’ll need more time to complete the feature than the originally set sprint timeframe.

Step #5

Review before moving on to next milestone

After each sprint, the development team and project managers meet for an update and review. The development team will show their new feature and the management team will decide if it’s what they are looking for, or if improvements need to be made before moving on to the next milestone.

These companies use an agile development environment to build their software platforms



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