How to Create Smart Integrations for an Agile Team

Agile models were created for software development, but are being applied in other branches of the industry, such as infrastructure and managed services.

Its adoption on a large scale will redefine the market, both from the perspective of the customer, as well as that of suppliers. But there are some challenges to be overcome and the main one is the internal culture of organizations.

Generally speaking, these concepts represent methods for accelerating the delivery of new versions of an application and are in line with agile development methodologies.

The use of these practices collaborates so that the software development work is based on smaller but more frequent deliveries, making the process more flexible, agile, and efficient.

This means that, instead of spending a long time building the product, without any kind of validation, the best way to create is interactive, that is, working together with the customer, listening to them first, creating value together, and receive their constant feedback.

Thus, everyone involved can give their opinion and modify the product while it is being built. At the end of the delivery, the user or customer cannot say that it was not quite what he wanted, nor does he throw away a job of months.

In this article, you will find out some steps to produce more integration in your team and get better results. Using GitScrum’s features will help you shortcut your goals and produce more.

Integration of teams

DevOps is nothing more than putting together a multidisciplinary team that will define the requirements to work together. The idea is that, at the end of the day, all members of different teams are guided by the same objective and have a method to guide the activities.

This characteristic of people with different visions building together is enriching, but, of course, there are still some rows.

DevOps and agile methodologies bring about arm wrestling between infrastructure and programming teams, for example, allowing these people to work together more harmoniously.

What accelerated its adoption was cloud computing, which made access to hardware virtually infinite, and setting up a server has never been easier and faster.

But, this culture change doesn’t happen overnight. It is necessary to invest in training, explaining the principles more than the details of the different approaches, such as Scrum, Extreme Project Management, among others.

It is also worth noting that the agile model alone will not solve all problems. It is necessary to have a rigorous method, but not in a plaster cast. Otherwise, more time is spent on control than execution.

Another point is that methodologies are not suitable for all operations. Some tasks can and should be performed well with features like Form2Task and Task Effort.

Advantages for the customer

The agile method has some very clear advantages. The validation of the work throughout the execution takes away the surprise effect, that is, when the delivery does not correspond to the expectation.

The model sells itself as more agile and efficient (and it really is), reducing the Time to Market, that is, the time to design a product and put it on sale.

But, the managed services contractor needs to be more engaged and active in the decision chain. There is more desire for integration between the parties and using a feature like Rock Star Team will bring your team together.. A change that even reflects on trade policies.

The traditional IT purchasing process has always been based on quotation, shortlist, and the famous function point. The proposal is now another, is to have the deliveries done in stages.

The customer is part of the Scrum group or the DevOps team. He/she must not only validate the activities but participate and build a story together.

There are indeed challenges and adaptations side by side. But the premise of bringing together a team of highly qualified employees for the same purpose bears good results.

If everyone is facing ‘the same trouble’, value creation tends to be richer, with greater alignment of information and expectations, more accurate briefings, more accurate deliveries, more assertive feedbacks.

A software development team that wants to adopt DevOps practices, for example, must have a strong understanding of the concepts of continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment.

Continuous Integration

Continuous integration is a software development practice that aims to make code integration more efficient, through automated builds and tests.

Agile methodologies propose that the software development process is carried out with more frequent deliveries.

As a result, the work required to gather, integrate and test all the code developed by the team in a central repository has also become more frequent.

In this context, Continuous Integration arises to reduce the manual work required in this code integration process.

Furthermore, with test automation, the work of fixing bugs is made easier, ensuring that the software is up and running after every change.

To adopt Continuous Integration, it is essential to use version control tools such as Gitlab or Github.

Solutions like Jenkins and Hudson are also important for coordinating code builds, testing and integrations.

Continuous Delivery

Continuous Delivery is an evolution of Continuous Integration. In addition to Continuous Integration practices, Continuous Delivery aims to ensure that the code can enter a production environment.

For this, it is necessary that the deployment of the code in the approval and development environments can be performed in a simplified way, and supplementary unit tests and final inspections must be carried out as soon as possible.

Thus, any problems will be quickly identified, accelerating the process of making new features available to users.

Continuous Deployment

Continuous Deployment allows the developer, as soon as they understand that their code is ready, to go through automatic tests and validations and make their changes available in the production environment.

For Continuous Deployment to be successful, the team must be able to monitor indicators to ensure the effectiveness of changes, response time, user actions, and traffic.

Benefits

For the development team, the integration, delivery and continuous deployment practices allow for the work to be minimized, reducing errors and enabling the availability of the software in shorter cycles.

For the business, the main benefit of using these approaches is the decrease in the time required to release product updates.

In competitive markets, this represents a great advantage for companies that want to quickly meet the demands of their users.

In addition, by making new features available to users more frequently, the company has the possibility of making its learning cycle more efficient.

Scrum team integration dynamics

The great role of the Scrum Master is to be the guardian of the best practices of the Scrum method and also try to prevent the team from committing to do more than is possible in each Sprint.

Therefore, it is important to have a look at the team’s motivation and integration, and how they are dealing with problems. For this, he can count on some icebreaker dynamics to engage the team differently from the tasks they are used to.

Their objective is to help the team solve a problem and create actions where each one can put themselves in the other’s shoes. In addition to promoting a climate of trust in the team.

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Leonardo Salles

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