Agile Development, a Growing Trend in Software Design

Agile development is a growing trend in the software industry. The methodology has started to become widely adopted both in corporate environments as well as with the independent contract developers.
Agile software development aims to provide stable direction of a project throughout the entire course of development. Agile development accomplishes this via regular swing of work, known as stories or iterations, at the end of which a development teams must deliver increment of software. This process is in contrast to older methodologies such as the waterfall method.
The waterfall methodology usually creates an environment where teams only have a single chance to get each element of a project correct.
The term agile development was coined in 2001 and was introduced in the Agile Manifesto. The methodologies behind agile development advocate stringent project management and the process encourages iterative analysis and modification throughout the life of a project. Because agile development …