Introducing Reflective Practice for Agile Application Development

By CIOReview | Monday, September 3, 2018

At the core of the “Agile Manifesto” is a theory that states, “We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it ourselves and by helping others do it.” According to this theory, agile transformations are perpetual processes that lead to some, but not all the answers, and if technical teams in organizations share their knowledge within a department and across the organization, they can overcome past shortcomings and prevent future failures. Successful agile application development is based on the following interwoven thought processes.

System Handling is Crucial

In every organization, the objective of technical teams is to resolve problems for the users by leveraging their knowledge of software applications. Without an effective system, the process of troubleshooting challenges becomes convoluted, because the identification of user needs, delivery of a solution to satisfy customer demands, and tracking of designed program are carried out through a system. Having great lines of code does not guarantee an increase in user satisfaction if the code will not reach the users for months or years. It is the way the IT teams handle the software development system that makes all the difference in the fulfillment of user demands.

Better Team Dynamics Leads To Greater Products

Teams that bond and grow together achieve incredible milestones, while a team that fails to build trust finds difficulty in reaching a goal. Interactions between individual members, teams, stakeholders, and users are key to creating a compelling product. Effective communication accelerates application development and boosts efficiency. High performing teams are driven by impeccable interplay. However, the idea that grouping high-performing individuals together will lead to the formation of a superior team even without effective communication channels is inaccurate. Sharing knowledge and offering support is at the core of the agile manifesto, because highly productive individuals that communicate well with each other can find new and innovative ways to elevate themselves, the team, and the organization.

Reflective Practice and its Purpose

The act of self-reflection is the pillar that brings together all aspects of agile application development process, to create a unified entity that has the potential to create, troubleshoot, and deliver exceptional products. Small changes and tweaks in application design can have huge impacts in the end. However, without taking the time to reflect, technical teams are losing their chance to identify opportunities to improve products, and encourage greater team dynamics.