Top 7 Agile Software Development Myths for Business

Recently, we’ve noticed that many entrepreneurs question the agile software development, fearing the annoying myths that are surrounding this method. Like, the most popular one – “you don’t plan in agile, you simply adjust as you go along”... Have you fallen for it? Or maybe you’ve heard some other example of software development myths? We’ve examined the market for you and decided to demystify the most persistent agile software development myths.

What Are the Top 7 Agile Software Development Myths that Scare Business Owners?

As we mentioned above, most people somehow believe that there is no planning in the agile software development. Let us assure you that it’s completely untrue. From our own experience,  all our agile project managers do more planning than when it comes to using a Waterfall methodology. No offense to the Waterfall fans, we just try to debunk a really stupid myth. In any agile project, developers do planning just in another way than Waterfall suggests.

As for the other software development myths, you can’t avoid the superstitions, wrong opinions and false assumptions. But you can argue, research and find your own way to succeed with the agile business project. We surfed the Internet, questions on Quora and business owners’ insights in order to establish which agile software development myths dominate out there.

So, here’s a quick checklist of the top 7 agile software development myths (funny and all).

#1. The design is just a distraction

As they say, the product’s UI/UX is simply a surface while the truly golden parts are hidden under the code hood. Anything else isn’t worth an attention. Well, we can’t argue the fact that a beautiful app is nothing without the foundation, but it also won’t go far without the great and user-friendly design.  

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#2. And the winner is... the best technical solution!

Ahem! No. The best doesn’t always mean the that you’re going to become rich the next morning. Agile developers look for the best possible solution when it comes to any particular project. However, the final success would be guaranteed not just by technical part but by the combination of dozens factors and tons of efforts from other experts (designers, QA guys, marketers, etc.).

Read also: Risks You Should Realize: Cheap App Development Could Kill Your Business

#3. Software developers don’t do marketing – they don’t care about it.

Well, hello another popular example of software development myths that makes us laugh, really. We have no idea who did put this idea out there in the world, but we strongly advise you not to believe that marketing doesn’t matter for developers and is best be delegated to some suits. All top-notch agile software development agencies have their own marketers who are ready to work for your project from the very beginning to the final win.

#4. When your app or a website is released – your work is done. Go home, take a rest.  

Many business owners think that after this moment the developers won’t deal with any issues that can come up. We promise you – not even close. The agile approach means the immediate response to the current state of project affairs. So, if there is a bug or a trouble the agile developers always take responsibility to react properly in order to fix it. And the problems with software are inevitable – that’s the fact.

Read also: Agile Methodology – How to Build an App?

#5. When an agile developer faces problems with current frameworks or practices, it’s always some other language, new technology, etc.

And not the stuff he or she is actually using right now.

So, “excuses-excuses”? Heck no! Forget this nonsense. A professional will never say such thing. First and foremost, there are no such things as silver bullets. The problem can surface from anywhere, but an agile expert will always look for it starting from the ground. There is a strategy but it’s flexible due to the circumstances.

#6. Waterfall. More Waterfall. And only the Waterfall.

Another ambassador of the software development myths, which says that the Waterfall method actually works better than agile. Sure, it worked in the software development like five years ago when everybody thought that a project must be thoroughly planned before the actual work even begins. When we were ready to spend an additional amount of money on the unnecessary actions due to this method’s issues.

Modern agile development

These days, the whole software development process has changed. Now it requires a more individual approach to the project management, sensible and with attention to the key factors even in succession. Flexibility and the level of ability to adapt – the things that matter in today software development. The Waterfall’s idea to plan everything regarding the project in the very beginning, limiting the developers and fixating the scope – it’s the past.

#7. Designers must only design apps – they aren’t able to code. Hold them as far as possible from the real code.

It’s the same story as with that statement where they say “you need to be a maths genius to code”... Well, you don’t. But anyone with a solid foundation in advanced maths and multivariable calculus can learn how to code. And designers are perfectly capable of this, eager even and able to help during the development process. Some challenges may pop up, sure, but don’t consider these people outsiders. Your business won’t be hurt if your designers could code as well.

Wrapping Up the Agile Software Development Myths

So, we’ve tried to debunk some top examples of software development myths but the field of superstitions is much bigger. Don’t let them stand in the way of your business journey! Do your research first and then decide which development approach is better for the project you have in mind.

Do you have any thoughts on this list? Maybe you’ve encountered other funny myths you’d like to share? Write us a message then, we’d love to hear your suggestions!

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