FileMaker and Agile
Karen Craig presented on FileMaker and Agile at FileMaker DevCon 2018 last year, and if you are interested in Agile development, this video is for you. Craig is very experienced using the Agile method and will familiarize you with the pro’s and con’s of using it.
What is Agile?
I found this on the Agile Development Manifesto:
“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.”
All well and good, but what does that mean?
The Agile Method
Agile development is just that – less structured and more nimble style, as opposed to the more standard development style known as the Waterfall Model.
- Agile uses “Sprints”
- Agile is best suited to teams of 5 to 7 people, not lone developers or very small teams
- Agile should have a project manager
- Agile delivers a better solution – usually
The Waterfall Method
The Waterfall Method is old style. It starts and proceeds through a given process once – change is more difficult to handle.
The Hybrid Method
The Hybrid Method falls in the middle, and combines the best of both methods. It is suitable for medium sized teams/companies and is a bit more flexible for teams that size.
Which is better?
That depends upon several factors. I highly recommend watching the whole video. Karen Craig brings plenty of real life experience to the task and does an admirable job of highlighting which method to use and when – and why.
I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.