Agile Methodologies.

The status quo of project organization.

Agile Methodologies.

The status quo of project organization.

At Parkside, it is our highest priority to provide our clients with continuous delivery of valuable software as early as possible. Even if that entails changing requirements at a later stage, this can be easily handled with agile methodologies.

Agile methods are the basis of any efficient development approach and have become the status quo for project organization everywhere. The reason they are used is that they enable faster and easier delivery and the possibility of changing priorities of requirements throughout the project.

Graph explaining the suitability of different agile models
Empirical measurements are the basis of all planning

Our most important goal above all has always been to assemble self-managing and cross-functional teams to reduce organizational overhead as much as possible. Furthermore, we firmly believe that effort estimations and forecasts are more realistic when they are based on empirical measurements. This is why the value of reference requirements (reference user stories) and metrics like team velocity, lead time and cycle time are crucial for all our planning and estimation efforts.

Our agile methodologies
and tools

We are poised to work with a variety of frameworks adapted to the exact needs and requirements of our client’s project.

01
Scrum

Scrum is no doubt among the most famous of agile methodologies. A key role in Scrum is the Product Owner who represents the client with all his visions, ideas, and needs within the Scrum team. In the review meeting with the client at the end of a sprint, we inspect the product increment in the form of recently implemented features. This informal meeting is an opportunity for clients to see a live demo of what has been worked on. We aim to get feedback as early as possible and adapt to the next features and priorities. 

02
Kanban

Kanban has its origin in Japanese production and aims to optimize work item flow and reduce waste like waiting time. Kanban provides maximum flexibility for implementing work packages in unstable environments. While one of our developers picks the most important work package to implement, the next work item on the board can still be modified or replaced by another. This allows the instant reaction to frequently changing conditions and environments.

03
Scaled Agile Framework: SAFe

The scaled agile framework (SAFe) is a popular, well-designed framework for joining development forces within bigger companies. In comparison to Scrum, there are plenty of additional roles on different flight levels. In the so-called PI Planning meetings, all development teams of an agile release train (ART) are aligned to go in the right direction and follow the customer’s vision of the product. Our experience with PI Planning meetings allows us to contribute to the client’s vision with one or even more development teams.

04
Large Scale Scrum: LESS

Large Scale Scrum is simply what its name says: a way to scale Scrum. Compared to SAFe, there are no significant additional roles or meetings. The Product Owner (PO) role still owns the product. To avoid one PO being overloaded with too many teams,  a team of POs works together and splits its responsibilities into different areas. These POs are called Area Product Owners (APO). We are ready to be part of your scaling-up process by supporting you with one or even more self-managed scrum teams.

05
Agile contracting

Agile contracting is a way for us to negotiate an agreement with the client before the start of the project while also giving them the possibility to change requirements throughout the implementation. Once we get an idea of our customer’s vision for his product through workshops or other means, we draw up a detailed effort and cost estimation. We then reach a Master Service Agreement (MSA) that specifies our cooperation as a whole including rates, billing method and other relevant conditions. The MSA clearly explains, in which way the customer can change requirements even when the implementation has already started.

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