Creating the Best Agile Software Development Team

Agile has long been the preferred approach to software development. Given the wealth of benefits the methodology—actually a mindset and philosophy, too—brings, including improved collaboration, faster delivery, and higher-quality results, it’s no surprise that the majority of software development teams employ Agile when creating software. In fact, the approach is so popular that other sectors and industries use it today, too.

The foundation of creating excellent software and products is the Agile software development team. This serves as the backbone of the entire process—and it is your best asset and the very means by which you will fulfill your goals. So, it’s critical to put together a team with top talent and experience.

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Agile Teams, Roles, and Responsibilities

The Agile software development team’s roles and responsibilities vary according to the specific methodology you’re using. There are many specific positions depending on the particular approach you use—Scrum, for example, is the most popular Agile methodology.

That said, Agile teams are always structured in a way that is conducive to collaboration and adaptability. Examples of the roles you will generally find include:

  • Product Owner
    The product owner makes critical decisions regarding the development process and the product itself. They devise the roadmap to follow and ensure that the software goals align with the overarching business goals. They also act as a bridge between and among departments like the engineering/development team and the business team.
  • Team Lead
    Called a Scrum Master on a Scrum team, the team lead essentially acts in a managerial capacity, keeping the team on task and preventing issues from interfering with the work or escalating. They also monitor the Agile team’s efforts, ensuring that they have the proper resources, and serve as a point person.
  • Developers
    The development team builds the software. They will follow Agile principles—and perhaps a specific Agile methodology—to create a product that meets the stakeholder requirements. When following Agile, the developers work in incremental phases to improve the quality, helping them stay on track and be more productive.
  • Architect
    The architect examines how the system works, aligning the goals and objectives with the structure of the program or system. They also devise solutions for fitting the product into the entirety of the enterprise.
  • Designer
    “Designer” usually refers to the user experience (UX) designer. This individual lays out and builds the user interface (UI) and ensures that the product is appealing in multiple senses—far more than visually speaking.
  • Testers
    In contrast to some other developmental processes, in an Agile environment, testing and quality assurance aren’t left to the end—they happen throughout development. This means that the testers catch bugs and defects, along with any other issues, earlier on, making it easier to resolve them before they interfere with the product and its release.
  • Stakeholders
    The stakeholders are the individuals who are invested in the product and its success. They might be organizational leaders, managers, clients, partners, and others. While they are not involved in building the product, they do play an important role in defining requirements and communicating their needs. The Agile team continues to keep the stakeholders informed of their efforts and will receive frequent feedback.

Characteristics of an Agile Team Structure

An Agile team is a cross-functional team that is not hierarchical. It is a self-organizing group that demands collaboration, communication, and adaptability. Each member is an expert in their particular domain, with an understanding of how they fit into the bigger picture. They share responsibility for the project and outcomes. 

All Agile software development team roles are constantly seeking to improve, working quickly and efficiently. They are also always prioritizing the needs of the consumer first.

To function effectively, productively, and cohesively, team members are willing and eager to pivot. They are motivated, flexible, and consistent, always with an eye on delivering excellent products and outcomes. They understand that it is about the project and process as much as it is about the product itself.

How BairesDev Creates the Best Agile Team for Your Projects

BairesDev’s methodology is Agile Software Development With Distributed Teams. Team members work remotely, following either a Dedicated Team Model, in which they complete your project from start to finish, or a Staff Augmentation Model, in which they will bring their talents to your existing team, filling in the gaps to ensure that you finish your project seamlessly.

In either case, you will retain close oversight over your project, while entrusting its success to a talented partner. We will work closely with you to hone requirements, establish goals and timelines, and create a path for you to meet these objectives.

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BairesDev’s Agile-based Development Process is ideal for projects and organizations of all shapes and sizes. We will bring the most talented experts, ensuring that you reap all the rewards of this approach. 

When you partner with us, you will achieve:

  • Fewer risks
  • A smoother development process
  • Stronger collaboration
  • Constant improvement
  • More predictable results
  • A honed communication system
  • Tailored approaches to your particular needs
  • Greater productivity
  • Better customer satisfaction
  • More transparency
  • Reduced time to market
  • Shared ownership over the project and its results

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