A relatively recent ‘movement’ in software development runs the risk of dovetailing perfectly with the kiwi psyche.
‘Agile Methodology’, as used by super graphics creators BIS2, is, as self-defined, a quicker and better means of delivering bespoke software to clients.
The traditional (ironic, given that computing’s really not even 50 years old) method of software creation starts with asking the user what they want, what their requirements will be, and getting a first sign off.
Developers, and the company supplying the solution, build, test and fix the bugs in the client’s software before releasing it. This is a long process, which by its end often sees the client’s requirements having changed. And so the process begins again.
Under Agile Methodology the question is constantly being asked what the client wants next. The work is packaged in an iteration which can be as quick as a couple of weeks under this methodology, and then it is done again.
“It’s a major part of what we do,” says BIS2 development team leader, Jeremy Banks.
“It is also part of the reason we’re in Wellington. The method suits kiwis, mostly because we’re not big on bureaucracy. It is a highly effective way of doing things.”