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Agile Software Development

DATASCOPE have recently started a journey to implement an agile development methodology. This change has come about due our client base growing and the increased demand on the development process within the company.

With the increased complexity and number of enhancements, a very structured approach is required to maintain quality, scalability and stability. The agile approach is basically broken into what is known as Development Sprints, within each sprint there are several inputs and outputs and ultimately a new version is released at the end of the sprint. One of the key elements to the agile approach is it is a companywide change, affecting Project Managers, Developers, Testers and Implementation Teams. The first basic steps to the process have been put in place, these include: Enhancement Portal Logging, Functional and Technical Specification Documents and a Development Cycle of 4 weeks. The next step is to implement a full range of Testing Environments on Client data with a detailed QA process being implemented in the Cycle. Going forward DATASCOPE will use this proven methodology to further improve the WMS product.

Published in Edition 027 - July 2014