What are (common) Agile methodologies?

Jos Postma

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Agile methodologies are a set of approaches and practices for software development that emphasize flexibility, collaboration, and continuous improvement. Here are some best practice examples for each of the following Agile methodologies:

Agile Scrum: The Agile Scrum methodology involves working in short sprints and using Scrum artifacts such as the product backlog, sprint backlog, and sprint review. Best practice examples for Agile Scrum include conducting daily stand-up meetings, conducting sprint retrospectives, and using user stories to define the product backlog items.

Scrum Kanban: Scrum Kanban is a hybrid methodology that combines Scrum with Kanban. Best practice examples for Scrum Kanban include visualizing the workflow with a Kanban board, limiting work in progress (WIP), using timeboxing to set sprint duration, and using retrospectives to continuously improve the process.

Lean: The Lean methodology focuses on delivering value to the customer while minimizing waste. Best practice examples for Lean include identifying and eliminating waste, using value stream mapping to identify areas for improvement, and continuously improving the process through Kaizen.

Rapid Application Development (RAD): RAD is a methodology that focuses on rapidly developing software through a collaborative and iterative process. Best practice examples for RAD include using prototyping to gather feedback early in the development process, involving stakeholders in the design process, and using continuous integration and deployment to quickly deliver working software.

Team Topologies: Team Topologies is a methodology that focuses on organizing teams for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Best practice examples for Team Topologies include using cross-functional teams to promote collaboration and shared ownership, defining clear team boundaries and responsibilities, and using effective communication practices to ensure alignment and coordination.

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Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): SAFe is a methodology for scaling Agile practices across an organization. Best practice examples for SAFe include using PI Planning to align the teams with the organization’s strategic goals, using value streams to optimize flow, and using Lean-Agile principles to continuously improve the process.

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